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The Informational Value of Job Search Data and the Dynamics of Search Behaviour: Evidence from Hungary

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  • Micklewright, John
  • Nagy, Gyula

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Labour market analysis places much emphasis on the concept of search. But there is insufficient empirical information on (a) the relationship between reported search and job-finding and (b) how search behaviour changes over a spell without work. We investigate these issues using a sample constructed from Hungarian labour force survey panel data of the flow from jobs to the state of "joblessness". The results on job exits call into question aspects of the standard international classification of "unemployment" and "out of the labour force". Transitions during joblessness in and out of search and the various categories of non-search are found to be only modest.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 2063.

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Date of creation: Jan 1999
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:2063

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Keywords: Hungary; labour force status; Search;

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Cited by:
  1. Gabor Korosi, 2002. "Labour Adjustment and Efficiency in Hungary," Budapest Working Papers on the Labour Market 0204, Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
  2. Kőrösi, Gábor, 2005. "Vállalati munkahelyteremtés és -rombolás
    [Corporate job creation and job destruction]
    ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(11), pages 825-845.
  3. Pastore, Francesco, 2007. "Employment and Education Policy for Young People in the EU: What Can New Member States Learn from Old Member States?," IZA Discussion Papers 3209, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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