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The Reservation Wage Unemployment Duration Nexus

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  • Addison, John T.

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    (University of South Carolina)

  • Machado, José

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    (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

  • Portugal, Pedro

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    (Banco de Portugal)

Abstract

A thorny problem in identifying the determinants of reservation wages and particularly the role of continued joblessness in their evolution is the simultaneity issue. We deploy a natural control function approach to the problem that involves conditioning elapsed duration on completed unemployment duration in the reservation wage equation. Our analysis confirms that the use of elapsed duration alone compounds two separate and opposing influences. Only with the inclusion of completed duration is the negative effect of continued joblessness on reservation wages apparent. For its part, the completed duration coefficient suggests that higher reservation wages negatively influence the probability of exiting unemployment.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5077.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2010
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Publication status: published in: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2013, 75 (6), 980-987.
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5077

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Keywords: reservation wages; unemployment duration; control function;

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  1. John T. Addison & Mário Centeno & Pedro Portugal, 2004. "Reservation Wages, Search Duration, and Accepted Wages in Europe," Working Papers w200413, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.
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