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Unemployment duration and workers' wage aspirations in Spain

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  • Namkee Ahn

    () (FEDEA, Jorge Juan 46, 28001 Madrid, Spain Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Department of Economics and Business, C/ Ramón Trias Fargas 25-27, 08005 Barcelona, Spain)

  • José Ignacio García-Pérez

    () (FEDEA, Jorge Juan 46, 28001 Madrid, Spain Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Department of Economics and Business, C/ Ramón Trias Fargas 25-27, 08005 Barcelona, Spain)

Abstract

This paper examines unemployed workers' declared willingness to work for wages lower than the one adequate for their qualification. We analyze which personal and economic characteristics determine this willingness and how it changes along the individuals' unemployment spells. The main results are: (i) Young workers, less educated and those living in regions or times of high unemployment are more willing to accept reduced wages while married women with a working husband are much less willing to do so; (ii) Once the individual fixed effect is controlled for, the willingness to work for reduced wages increases with the duration of unemployment; (iii) Not having access to unemployment benefits increases the probability that initially unwilling workers become willing to accept reduced wages.

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  • Namkee Ahn & José Ignacio García-Pérez, 2002. "Unemployment duration and workers' wage aspirations in Spain," Spanish Economic Review, Springer;Spanish Economic Association, vol. 4(2), pages 103-118.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:specre:v:4:y:2002:i:2:p:103-118
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    Keywords

    Willingness to work for lower wages; reservation wage; unemployment duration; unobserved heterogeneity;

    JEL classification:

    • C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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