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Unemployment Persistence: How Important Are Non-Cognitive Skills?

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  • Blázquez Cuesta, Maite

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    (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

  • Budría, Santiago

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    (University of Madeira)

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Using a random effects dynamic panel data model and the 2000-2008 waves of the German SOEP this paper shows that non-cognitive skills have a predictive power on unemployment transitions.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6654.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Keywords: non-cognitive skills; dynamic random effects model; unemployment persistence;

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