Understanding the Outcomes of Older Job Losers
AbstractWe use an unusually rich Canadian survey to examine how post-job-loss behaviour and outcomes vary with age of the job loser. We find that older job losers experience greater postdisplacement joblessness, and are less likely to return quickly to satisfactory employment. We show that this apparent age effect is not a job tenure effect or wealth effect. We also find that older job losers, compared to mid-career job losers, are as likely to report searching for work, but that they search less intensely (reporting fewer hours of search, and lower out of pocket expenditures on search). They are also less likely to retrain, less likely to undertake a geographic move, and less likely to switch occupations. Thus, the data suggest older job losers are less likely to make career investments after job loss. This may be a rational response to a shorter time horizon, or to more limited labour market opportunities.
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job loss; job search; older workers;
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- Matthew Brzozowski & Thomas F. Crossley, 2010. "Understanding the Outcomes of Older Job Losers," Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports, McMaster University 437, McMaster University.
- J60 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - General
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- NEP-AGE-2010-07-10 (Economics of Ageing)
- NEP-ALL-2010-07-10 (All new papers)
- NEP-LAB-2010-07-10 (Labour Economics)
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