Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/91668
Authors: 
Longhi, Simonetta
Taylor, Mark
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
ISER Working Paper Series 2013-02
Abstract: 
The job search literature suggests that on-the-job search reduces the probability of unemployed people finding a job. However, there is little evidence that employed and unemployed job seekers are similar or apply for the same jobs. We compare employed and unemployed job seekers in terms of their individual characteristics, preferences over working hours, job-search strategies and employment histories, and identify how any differences vary over the business cycle. We find systematic differences which persist over the business cycle. Our results are consistent with a segmented labour market in which employed and unemployed job seekers are unlikely to directly compete with each other for jobs.
Subjects: 
on-the-job search
unemployment
employment histories
panel data
JEL: 
J29
J60
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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