Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/31561
Authors: 
Deutsch, Joseph
Flückiger, Yves
Silber, Jacques
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
Working papers // The Levy Economics Institute 509
Abstract: 
This paper begins with an examination of various ways of measuring unemployment and, borrowing ideas from the poverty measurement literature, proposes four new general unemployment indices. The first of these is parallel to the Sen poverty index; the second, to the Sen index's generalization by Shorrocks; the third, to the FGT poverty index; and the fourth, to the Watts poverty index. The authors then present an empirical illustration based on Swiss data compiled at the state, or canton, level, using the so-called Shapley decomposition to determine the contribution of three componentsthe traditional unemployment rate, the average unemployment duration, and the inequality in the unemployment durationsto the differences between the values of the four proposed indices, both within a given canton and within Switzerland as a whole. The paper concludes with a discussion of the assumptions made about the maximum unemployment duration for the purposes of the study, and their impact on the results obtained.
Subjects: 
FGT Poverty Index
Inequality
Sen Pverty Index
Shapley Decomposition
Switzerland
Unemployment Duration
Watts Poverty Index
JEL: 
I32
J64
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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