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Does Unemployment Hysteresis Equal Employment Hysteresis?

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  • Gustavsson, Magnus

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    (Department of Economics)

  • Österholm, Pär

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    (Department of Economics)

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This paper investigates if conclusions regarding labour market hysteresis differ depending on whether employment or unemployment rates are studied. Applying a range of unit-root tests to monthly data from Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S., we find results for employment rates that contrast those based on unemployment rates. In particular, rather than the mixed evidence for hysteresis found using unemployment rates, employment rates result in unequivocal evidence of hysteresis in Australia, Canada and the U.S.. These findings cast doubt on previous conclusions in the literature.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 2006:15.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 10 Jul 2006
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Publication status: Published in Economic Record, 2007, pages 159-173.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:2006_015

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Keywords: Labour market; Persistence; Unit root test;

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