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Sample attrition and labor force dynamics: Evidence from the Spanish labor force survey

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  • Sergi Jiménez-Martín

    (Departamento de Economía, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid 126, 28903 Getafe, Spain Facoltà di Economia, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, 00133 Roma, Italy)

  • Franco Peracchi

    (Departamento de Economía, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid 126, 28903 Getafe, Spain Facoltà di Economia, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, 00133 Roma, Italy)

Abstract

In this paper we examine a number of issues that arise in investigating labor force dynamics using the Spanish Labor Force Survey (EPA). These issues are by no means specific to the Spanish case and apply to most European-style labor force surveys. Our main conclusions may be summarized as follows. First, survey nonresponse cannot be neglected. Second, the EPA tends to underestimate employment and participation of high-educated young people, and to overestimate those of the low-educated elderly. Finally, we find little evidence that attrition causes important selection biases in estimating quarterly transition probabilities.

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Volume (Year): 4 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 79-102

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Handle: RePEc:spr:specre:v:4:y:2002:i:2:p:79-102

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Keywords: Nonresponse; attrition; panel data; labor force survey; EPA;

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  1. Kugler, Adriana & Jimeno, Juan F. & Hernanz, Virginia, 2002. "Employment Consequences of Restrictive Permanent Contracts: Evidence from Spanish Labor Market Reforms," IZA Discussion Papers 657, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Elisabetta Marzano, 2006. "How many labour force states? An analysis based on the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS)," Discussion Papers 14_2006, D.E.S. (Department of Economic Studies), University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy.
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  9. José I. Silva & Javier Vázquez-Grenno, 2012. "The ins and outs of unemployment in a two-tier labor market," Working Papers 2012/17, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
  10. Hernández-Quevedo, Cristina & Jones, Andrew M. & Rice, Nigel, 2008. "Persistence in health limitations: A European comparative analysis," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 27(6), pages 1472-1488, December.

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