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What Happens When Canadian Aggregate Rates of Employment and Unemployment Change? A Note on the Differences in Response Patterns Across Age and Sex Groups

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  • Frank T. Denton
  • Byron G. Spencer

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The paper considers age-sex patterns of fluctuation of employment, unemployment, labour force participation, hours worked per employee, and hours worked per capita. The patterns are extracted (by regression) from annual data for the period 1976-2011 and expressed in the form of group-to-aggregate elasticities. An additive relationship among the elasticities is noted and used to decompose the variation of per capita hours worked into source contributions. On that basis, participation and employee hours are found to be significant contributors generally over the working age range, but especially among young workers. The results suggest a considerable amount of "hidden" unemployment during cyclical downturns.

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Paper provided by McMaster University in its series Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports with number 450.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2012
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Handle: RePEc:mcm:qseprr:450

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Keywords: Cyclical labour force behaviour; age-sex employment and unemployment rates; hidden unemployment;

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