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To Search or Not to Search: Female Labor Supply Following Job Displacement


  • Michael Podgursky

    (University of Massachusetts)

  • Paul Swaim

    (Economic Research Service)


Following permanent layoffs most women search for and secure new jobs, but some withdraw from the labor force. In this paper, the authors develop a joint model of the choice to engage in post-displacement job search and the distribution of unemployment duration for searchers, and estimate the model using data from the Displaced Worker Survey. Estimates of the resulting "split-population" model show that labor force withdrawal is an important factor explaining the distribution of jobless spells for women.

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  • Michael Podgursky & Paul Swaim, 1992. "To Search or Not to Search: Female Labor Supply Following Job Displacement," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 18(1), pages 111-124, Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:18:y:1992:i:1:p:111-124

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    1. Mincer, Jacob & Polachek, Solomon, 1974. "Family Investment in Human Capital: Earnings of Women," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 82(2), pages 76-108, Part II, .
    2. Schmidt, Peter & Witte, Ann Dryden, 1989. "Predicting criminal recidivism using 'split population' survival time models," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 40(1), pages 141-159, January.
    3. Lawrence F. Katz, 1986. "Layoffs, Recall and the Duration of Unemployment," NBER Working Papers 1825, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    Female; Job Search; Labor Supply; Unemployment Duration; Unemployment; Women;

    JEL classification:

    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination


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