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Empirical Inference with Equilibrium Search Models of the Labour Market

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  • van den Berg, Gerard J

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This paper examines the use of equilibrium search models in the empirical analysis of labor markets. The author surveys the literature on structural estimation of these models with micro data on wages and durations, and he discusses the advantages of this approach for policy analysis and for obtaining a better understanding of the labor market. During the past ten years, substantial progress has been made in terms of the explanatory power of these models. The author finishes with a critical examination of the extent to which the approach can be fruitfully applied to (matched worker-) firm data.

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Volume (Year): 109 (1999)
Issue (Month): 456 (June)
Pages: F283-306

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:109:y:1999:i:456:p:f283-306

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