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The Lot of the Unemployed: A Time Use Perspective

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  • Krueger, Alan B.

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    (Princeton University)

  • Mueller, Andreas I.

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    (Columbia University)

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This paper provides new evidence on time use and subjective well-being of employed and unemployed individuals in 14 countries. We devote particular attention to characterizing and modeling job search intensity, measured by the amount of time devoted to searching for a new job. Job search intensity varies considerably across countries, and is higher in countries that have higher wage dispersion. We also examine the relationship between unemployment benefits and job search.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3490.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: May 2008
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Publication status: published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2012, 10 (4), 765–794
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Keywords: unemployment benefits; time use; job search; unemployment; inequality;

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