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Are Spells of Unemployment Longer in Nonmetropolitan Areas? Nonparametric and Semiparametric Evidence

  • Bradford F. Mills

I use nonparametric and semiparametric proportional hazard models to examine whether individuals resident in nonmetropolitan areas experience lower per period rates of exit from unemployment following job loss than metropolitan area residents. Results show that between 1989 and 1993 per period cumulative rates of exit from unemployment were slightly higher in nonmetropolitan areas, mainly due to nonmetropolitan–metropolitan differences in individual characteristics and local economic conditions. Employment density is found to have a positive association with rates of exit of unemployment in metropolitan areas but not in nonmetropolitan areas. Copyright 2000 Blackwell Publishers

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Volume (Year): 40 (2000)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 697-718

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jregsc:v:40:y:2000:i:4:p:697-718
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