Are Unemployment and Out of the Labor Force Behaviorally Distinct Labor Force States?
AbstractThis paper formulates and tests the hypothesis that the categories unemployed and out of the labor force are behaviorally distinct labor force states. Our empirical results indicate that they are. In the empirically relevant range the exit rate from unemployment to employment exceeds the exit rate from out of the labor force to employment. This evidence is shown to be consistent with a simple job search model of productive unemployment with log concave wage offer distributions. We prove that if unemployed workers receive job offers more frequently than workers out of the labor force, and if wage offer distributions are log concave, the exit rate from unemployment to employment exceeds the exit rate from out of the labor force to employment.
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Date of creation: Sep 1982
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Publication status: published as Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 1, no. 1 (January 1983): pp. 28-42.
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- Flinn, Christopher J & Heckman, James J, 1983. "Are Unemployment and Out of the Labor Force Behaviorally Distinct Labor Force States?," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 1(1), pages 28-42, January.
- NEP-ALL-2002-03-14 (All new papers)
- NEP-LAB-2002-03-14 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2002-03-04 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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