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Labour market signalling and unemployment duration: An empirical analysis using employer–employee data

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  • Frederiksen, Anders
  • Ibsen, Rikke
  • Rosholm, Michael
  • Westergaard-Nielsen, Niels

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We test the signalling hypothesis using detailed flow-based employer–employee data from Denmark. Our main findings are: the signalling value is proportional to the proportion of employees dismissed from the workplace and the signal is uniform across occupation groups.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 118 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 84-86

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:118:y:2013:i:1:p:84-86

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Keywords: Unemployment duration; Signalling; Workplace closure;

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  1. Jukka Appelqvist, 2007. "Wage and Earnings Losses of Displaced Workers in Finland," Discussion Papers 422, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
  2. Darja Boršič & Alenka Kavkler, 2009. "Modeling Unemployment Duration in Slovenia using Cox Regression Models," Transition Studies Review, Springer, vol. 16(1), pages 145-156, May.

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