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Job Search and Unemployment Insurance: New Evidence from Time Use Data
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Public Economics, ISSN 0047-2727, E-ISSN 1879-2316, Vol. 94, no 3-4, 298-307 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper provides new evidence on job search intensity of the unemployed in the U.S., modeling job search intensity as time allocated to job search activities. The major findings are: 1) the average U.S. unemployed worker devotes about 41 min to job search on weekdays, which is substantially more than their European counterparts; 2) workers who expect to be recalled by their previous employer search substantially less than the average unemployed worker; 3) across the 50 states and D.C., job search is inversely related to the generosity of unemployment benefits, with an elasticity between -1.6 and -2.2; 4) job search intensity for those eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) increases prior to benefit exhaustion: and 5) time devoted to job search is fairly constant regardless of unemployment duration for those who are ineligible for UI.

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Netherlands: Elsevier BV , 2010. Vol. 94, no 3-4, 298-307 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-48354OAI: diva2:375393
Available from: 2010-12-08 Created: 2010-12-08 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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