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Trends in unemployment rates in Korea: A search-matching model interpretation

  • Chang, Yongsung
  • Nam, Jaeryang
  • Rhee, Changyong

We investigate the steady decline in aggregate unemployment rates in Korea since the 1960's. We argue that a pronounced decrease in the intensity of reallocation shocks, which resulted in a downward trend in the natural rate of unemployment, has been an important factor in this decline. Our claim is based on a structural search-matching model, the times series of job-separation and job-finding rates, and sectoral-shift measures that we construct from a micro data for the past three decades.

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Volume (Year): 18 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 241-263

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