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Disaggregate Matching Functions

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  • Fahr, René

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    (University of Paderborn)

  • Sunde, Uwe

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    (University of Munich)

Abstract

This paper deals with empirical matching functions. The paper is innovative in several ways. First, unlike in most of the existing literature, matching functions are estimated not only on aggregate, but also on disaggregate levels which is unusual due to the scarcity of appropriate data. Moreover, the unique data set used allows to distinguish inflows into jobs by sources. Results for different measures of flows found in the literature can therefore be replicated using a single data set. Labor markets can be disaggregated by occupations, rather than by industries or regions. Furthermore, disaggregation is possible for age and educational groups. The paper allows detailed insights into the pattern of frictions in labor markets, on mismatch and labor market tightness, and therefore provides valuable information necessary for the conduct of labor market policies.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 335.

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Length: 80 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2001
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Keywords: vacancies; empirical matching functions; Matching; unemployment; occupational structure;

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  1. Brown, Alessio J G & Merkl, Christian & Snower, Dennis J., 2007. "Comparing the Effectiveness of Employment Subsidies," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 6334, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Aki Kangasharju & Jaakko Pehkonen & Sari Pekkala, 2003. "Matching in thin labour markets: panel data evidence from Finland, 1991-2002," ERSA conference papers ersa03p208, European Regional Science Association.
  3. Kai Christoffel & Keith Kuester & Tobias Linzert, 2009. "The role of labor markets for Euro area monetary policy," Working Papers 09-1, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
  4. René Fahr & Uwe Sunde, 2002. "On the Effects of Career Choice: Matching Efficiency of Different Occupations and Education Levels," 10th International Conference on Panel Data, Berlin, July 5-6, 2002, International Conferences on Panel Data B1-1, International Conferences on Panel Data.
  5. Jukka Petteri Lahtonen & Sanna-Mari Hynninen, 2005. "Does population density matter in the matching process of heterogeneous job seekers and vacancies?," ERSA conference papers ersa05p438, European Regional Science Association.
  6. Fahr, Rene & Sunde, Uwe, 2005. "Job and vacancy competition in empirical matching functions," Labour Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 12(6), pages 773-780, December.
  7. Frank Oskamp & Dennis J. Snower, 2007. "Interactions between Employment and Training Policies," Kiel Working Papers 1389, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  8. Brown, Alessio J G & Merkl, Christian & Snower, Dennis J., 2009. "An Incentive Theory of Matching," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 7283, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  9. Lottmann, Franziska, 2012. "Spatial dependencies in German matching functions," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 42(1-2), pages 27-41.
  10. Frank Oskamp & Dennis J. Snower, 2006. "The Effect of Low-Wage Subsidies on Skills and Employment," Kiel Working Papers 1292, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  11. Sanna-Mari Hynninen & Jukka Lahtonen, 2007. "Does population density matter in the process of matching heterogeneous job seekers and vacancies?," Empirica, Springer, Springer, vol. 34(5), pages 397-410, December.

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