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To Search or Not to Search: Female Labor Supply Following Job Displacement

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  • Michael Podgursky

    (University of Massachusetts)

  • Paul Swaim

    (Economic Research Service)

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Following permanent layoffs most women search for and secure new jobs, but some withdraw from the labor force. In this paper, the authors develop a joint model of the choice to engage in post-displacement job search and the distribution of unemployment duration for searchers, and estimate the model using data from the Displaced Worker Survey. Estimates of the resulting "split-population" model show that labor force withdrawal is an important factor explaining the distribution of jobless spells for women.

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Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 18 (1992)
Issue (Month): 1 (Winter)
Pages: 111-124

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Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:18:y:1992:i:1:p:111-124

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Keywords: Female; Job Search; Labor Supply; Unemployment Duration; Unemployment; Women;

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  1. Jacob Mincer & Solomon Polacheck, 1974. "Family Investments in Human Capital: Earnings of Women," NBER Chapters, in: Economics of the Family: Marriage, Children, and Human Capital, pages 397-431 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Jacob Mincer & Solomon Polachek, 1974. "Family Investments in Human Capital: Earnings of Women," NBER Chapters, in: Marriage, Family, Human Capital, and Fertility, pages 76-110 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Schmidt, Peter & Witte, Ann Dryden, 1989. "Predicting criminal recidivism using 'split population' survival time models," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 40(1), pages 141-159, January.
  4. Lawrence F. Katz, 1986. "Layoffs, Recall and the Duration of Unemployment," NBER Working Papers 1825, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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