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Aggregate Matching Function. The Case of Poland


  • Sylwia Roszkowska

    () (University of Lodz, National Bank of Poland)


The main goal of this paper is to analyze the matching function in the Polish labour market in 1994-2008. Matching function is the relationship between outflows from unemployment to employment and the number of unemployed persons and vacancies as well as other variables which affect the efficiency of the matching process directly or indirectly. Such matching function in its augmented form is estimated here for Poland with the use of data from register of unemployed persons. The results indicate that there is a statistically stronger impact of the unemployed than vacancies on new hires. Furthermore, the institutional conditions of the labour market, the structure of the unemployed and the participants of active labour market programs (ALMP) play a role in the matching process.

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  • Sylwia Roszkowska, 2009. "Aggregate Matching Function. The Case of Poland," Central European Journal of Economic Modelling and Econometrics, CEJEME, vol. 1(2), pages 157-177, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:psc:journl:v:1:y:2009:i:2:p:157-177

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    1. Ma³gorzata Skibiñska, 2015. "Impact of labour market shocks on business cycle fluctuations in Poland," Bank i Kredyt, Narodowy Bank Polski, vol. 46(1), pages 1-40.
    2. Ewa Gałecka-Burdziak, 2016. "Underestimated or overestimated: matching function elasticities biased due to worker inflows and outflows," Ekonomia journal, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, vol. 47.
    3. Ewa Gałecka-Burdziak, 2012. "Labour market matching – the case of Poland," Bank i Kredyt, Narodowy Bank Polski, vol. 43(3), pages 31-46.
    4. Ewa Galecka-Burdziak, 2016. "Randomness or stock-flow: Which mechanism describes labour market matching in Poland?," Working Papers 2016-005, Warsaw School of Economics, Collegium of Economic Analysis.
    5. Marcin Woźniak, 2015. "Can the Stochastic Equilibrium Job Search Models Fit Transition Economies?," Acta Oeconomica, Akadémiai Kiadó, Hungary, vol. 65(4), pages 567-591, December.

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    matching function; matching effectiveness; unemployment duration;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search


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