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On the reliability of retrospective unemployment information in European household panel data

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  • Tomi Kyyrä
  • Ralf A. Wilke

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The retrospectively recalled calendar of activities in the European Community Household Panel is a prime resource for cross country analysis of unemployment experience. We investigate the reliability of these data and find that 26% of unemployed respondents misreported retrospectively their unemployment status in the subsequent interview. We observe large differences across countries: While the conditional probability of a successful recall is 96% in the UK, it is just 51% in Greece for a comparable individual. These evident data problems likely affect the results of cross country comparisons.

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Paper provided by Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT) in its series Working Papers with number 21.

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Date of creation: 31 Jan 2011
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Handle: RePEc:fer:wpaper:21

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Keywords: Recall error; unemployment; ECHP;

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  1. Jean-Olivier Hairault & Thomas Le Barbanchon & Thepthida Sopraseuth, 2012. "The Cyclicality of the Separation and Job Finding Rates in France," Working Papers 2012-22, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.
  2. Essi Eerola & Teemu Lyytikäinen, 2012. "On the role of public price information in housing markets," Working Papers 30, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).

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