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The Unemployment-Vacancy Relationship in Australia

  • Jerome Fahrer
  • Andrew Pease
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    One of the most important features of the Australian economy in the past two decades has been the structural deterioration of labour market performance, reflected in both an increase in the average rate of unemployment and an outward shift in the Beveridge Curve, which depicts the relationship between unemployment and vacancies. This article attempts to uncover some of the causes for this structural deterioration, in terms of the factors affecting the UVrelationship.We find that the Beveridge Curve shifted out around 1974, consistent with an increase in the equilibrium rate of unemployment which is generally agreed to have occurred around that time. Using gross labour market flow data, we also investigate the determinants of the equilibrium Beveridge Curve in the 1980s. We find that the Beveridge Curve shifted further outwards in the 1980s. The most important determinant of this shift was the decline in the search effectiveness of the unemployed, reflected in the increasing incidence of long-term unemployment. Partially offsetting this influence during this time were the declining labour force participation of men, and the very large increases in female employment. Copyright 1993 The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.

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    Article provided by The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research in its journal Australian Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 26 (1993)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 43-57

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:ausecr:v:26:y:1993:i:4:p:43-57
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