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Semi-nonparametric Estimation of an Equilibrium Search Model

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  • Koning, Pierre
  • van den Berg, Gerard J
  • Ridder, Geert

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We specify and estimate an equilibrium job search model with productivity differences across labor market segments. The model allows for two types of unemployment: frictional unemployment due to search frictions and structural unemployment due to wage floors. Wage floors exist because of high unemployment benefits or binding minimum wages. The productivity distribution is estimated semi-nonparametrically along the lines of Gailant-Nychka, using Hermite series approximation. We decompose the total unemployment rate and we examine the effect of changes in the minimum wage.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Oxford in its journal Oxford Bulletin of Economics & Statistics.

Volume (Year): 62 (2000)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 327-56

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  1. Gerard J. van den Berg & Aico van Vuuren, 2006. "The Effect of Search Frictions on Wages," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 06-077/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  2. van den Berg, Gerard J, 1999. "Empirical Inference with Equilibrium Search Models of the Labour Market," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 109(456), pages F283-306, June.

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