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Testing Unemployment Persistence in Central and Eastern European Countries


  • Giray Gozgor

    (Department of International Trade and Business, Dogus University, Turkey)


This study investigates whether stochastic properties of the unemployment rate in ten Central and Eastern European Countries (CEE) countries: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia can be explained by the nonaccelerating inflation rate of unemployment or the hysteresis hypotheses. We primarily show the cross-sectional dependence in unemployment rates, and then apply panel-based unit root tests that take cross-section dependence into account. The empirical findings indicate that there is no mean-reverting process in unemployment rates for ten CEE countries. Thus the results provide evidences for validity of the hysteresis hypothesis—unemployment persistence—in related CEE countries.

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  • Giray Gozgor, 2013. "Testing Unemployment Persistence in Central and Eastern European Countries," International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, Econjournals, vol. 3(3), pages 694-700.
  • Handle: RePEc:eco:journ1:2013-03-12

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    More about this item


    Unemployment persistence; Panel-based unit root tests; Cross-section dependence;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search


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