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An Empirical Analysis of Employed and Unemployed Job Search Behavior

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  • David M. Blau

This paper analyzes the job search activities of employed and unemployed job seekers using self-reported data from a 1980 survey. One novel finding from reduced form equations is that many searchers, both employed and unemployed, rejected at least one offer before accepting a job. The reduced form results are used to estimate reservation wages based on a fairly standard model of job search. Most of the job searchers accepted a job offer with a wage below the estimated reservation wage, suggesting that the model does not fit the data well.

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Article provided by Cornell University, ILR School in its journal Industrial & Labor Relations Review.

Volume (Year): 45 (1992)
Issue (Month): 4 (July)
Pages: 738-752

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Handle: RePEc:sae:ilrrev:v:45:y:1992:i:4:p:738-752
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