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A directed tour of search-theoretic explanations for unemployment

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This paper presents a survey and evaluation of search-theoretic models of unemployment. Four distinct categories of search models are identified and discussed: sequential sampling, equilibrium search, the matching function approach, and directed search. Each of these approaches are compared and contrasted, and the influence of each on current research directions is highlighted.

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  • Ian King, 2003. "A directed tour of search-theoretic explanations for unemployment," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(2), pages 245-267.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:nzecpp:v:37:y:2003:i:2:p:245-267
    DOI: 10.1080/00779950309544386
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    1. Richard Dutu & Benoit Julien & Ian King, 2009. "Liquidity Constrained Competing Auctions," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 1068, The University of Melbourne.
    2. Benoît Julien & John Kennes & Ian King & Sephorah Mangin, 2009. "Directed search, unemployment and public policy," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 42(3), pages 956-983, August.
    3. Julien, BenoI^t & Kennes, John & King, Ian, 2008. "Bidding for money," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 142(1), pages 196-217, September.
    4. Guerrieri, Veronica & Julien, Benoit & Kircher, Philipp & Wright, Randall, 2017. "Directed Search: A Guided Tour," CEPR Discussion Papers 12315, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    5. Razzak, Weshah, 2008. "On The dynamic of search, matching and productivity in New Zealand and Australia," MPRA Paper 8262, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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