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Is Long-Term Unemployment Unaffected by Flexible Labour Market Legislation?

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  • Chiara Mussida

    () (Universita' Cattolica di Milano)

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This paper applies duration and competing risk models to individual-level data on unemployment spells from the 1993-2003 labour force surveys in Italy. We aim to assess whether labour market intervention and regulations introduced in the nineties acted in the expected direction, that is reducing the incidence of long-term unemployment. The determinants – individual and structural – of both unemployment duration and its main exits (employment and inactivity) are also discussed. At least as far as our analysis goes, we find evidence of strong negative duration dependence. This leads to increased unemployment persistence and to an enhanced incidence of long-term unemployment. The legislation of the nineties, therefore, did not contribute to decline in the bulk of long-term unemployment.

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  • Chiara Mussida, 2010. "Is Long-Term Unemployment Unaffected by Flexible Labour Market Legislation?," Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali, Vita e Pensiero, Pubblicazioni dell'Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, vol. 118(1), pages 77-105.
  • Handle: RePEc:vep:journl:y:2010:v:118:i:1:p:77-105
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    Keywords

    Unemployment duration; Competing risks;

    JEL classification:

    • C24 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models; Threshold Regression Models
    • 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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