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Understanding the Matching Function: The Role of Newspapers and Job Agencies

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  • Coles, Melvyn G

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This paper provides a microeconomic model of matching which implies that the standard, reduced form approach, is misspecified. A simple model is analysed (with help-wanted/employment-needed advertising) where the matching rate depends not only on the stocks of unemployed and vacancies in the market, but also on the flows of new vacancies and new job seekers. The model is consistent with the empirical fact that one-quarter of all new vacancies posted in a job centre are filled the same day.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 939.

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Date of creation: Apr 1994
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:939

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Keywords: Job Centres; Matching; Returns to Scale;

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  1. Duranton, Gilles & Puga, Diego, 2003. "Microfoundations of Urban Agglomeration Economies," CEPR Discussion Papers 4062, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Petrongolo, Barbara & Pissarides, Christopher, 2000. "Looking Into The Black Box: A Survey Of The Matching Function," CEPR Discussion Papers 2409, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Profit, Stefan, 1997. "Twin peaks in regional unemployment and returns to scale in job-matching in the Czech Republic," SFB 373 Discussion Papers 1997,63, Humboldt University of Berlin, Interdisciplinary Research Project 373: Quantification and Simulation of Economic Processes.
  4. Diego Puga, 2010. "The Magnitude And Causes Of Agglomeration Economies," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 50(1), pages 203-219.
  5. Gregg, Paul & Petrongolo, Barbara, 2005. "Stock-flow matching and the performance of the labor market," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 49(8), pages 1987-2011, November.
  6. Kuo, Mien-Yun & Smith, Eric, 2009. "Marketplace matching in Britain: Evidence from individual unemployment spells," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(1), pages 37-46, January.

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