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Post-Unemployment Wages and Economic Incentives to Exit from Unemployment

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  • Tomi Kyyrä

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This study represents the results of a comparative econometric analysis of the determinants of earnings and unemployment durations. The analysis uses two sets of panel data, one drawn from the outflows of unemployment and another from the working age population. The earnings of people leaving unemployment are modelled in order to obtain estimates for starting wages in subsequent jobs. With these estimates, the expected income changes associated with labour market transitions are evaluated at the household level. Some 8% of the unemployed are estimated to be unable to increase disposable income of their households through employment, while as much as 43% have to be content with a 25% increase or less. The income variables, with controls for other factors, are then mapped into a flexible competing risks model of unemployment duration. The expected returns to employment are found to be an important determinant of the probability of becoming employed. It appears also that the relative importance of economic incentives has been strengthened in the recession years.

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Paper provided by Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT) in its series Research Reports with number 56.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fer:resrep:56

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Keywords: Post-unemployment wages; sample selection; economic incentives; labour market transitions; duration models;

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Cited by:
  1. Kari Hämäläinen, 2003. "Education and Unemployment: State Dependence in Unemployment Among Young People in the 1990s," Discussion Papers 312, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
  2. Poutvaara, Panu & Tuomala, Juha, 2004. "What Is Left to Residual Claimants? The Empirics of Income Reported by Entrepreneurs and Workers," IZA Discussion Papers 1178, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Erkki Koskela & Roope Uusitalo, 2003. "The Un-Intended Convergence: How the Finnish Unemployment Reached the European Level," CESifo Working Paper Series 878, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Virve Ollikainen & Tomi Kyyrä, 2006. "To Search or Not to Search? The Effects of UI Benefit Extension for the Elderly Unemployed," Discussion Papers 400, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
  5. Jan Saarela & Fjalar Finnäs, 2004. "Interethnic Wage Variation in the Helsinki Area," Finnish Economic Papers, Finnish Economic Association, vol. 17(1), pages 35-48, Spring.
  6. Anna Cristina d'Addio & Isabelle De Greef & Michael Rosholm, 2002. "Assessing Unemployment Traps in Belgium using Panel Data Sample Selection models," 10th International Conference on Panel Data, Berlin, July 5-6, 2002 C1-3, International Conferences on Panel Data.
  7. Tuulia Hakola & Maarten Lindeboom, 2001. "Retirement Round-bout: Early Exit Channels and Disability Applications," Discussion Papers 262, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
  8. Tuomas Pekkarinen, 2001. "The wage curve : evidence from the Finnish metal industry panel data," Finnish Economic Papers, Finnish Economic Association, vol. 14(1), pages 51-60, Spring.
  9. Tuulia Hakola, 2000. "Navigating through the Finnish Pension System," Discussion Papers 224, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).

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