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Labour market flows: facts from the United Kingdom

  • Gomes, Pedro

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    (London School of Economics & Political Science)

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    In this paper I use the Labour Force Survey to obtain stylised facts about worker gross flows in the United Kingdom. I analyse the size and cyclicality of the flows between employment, unemployment and inactivity. I also examine job-to-job flows, employment separations by reason, flows between inactivity and the labour force, flows into and out of public sector employment and flows by education. I decompose contributions of job-finding and job-separation rates to fluctuations in the unemployment rate. Although the job-finding rate has been more relevant over the past ten years, the job-separation rate was particularly important during the early 1990s recession.

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    Length: 37 pages
    Date of creation: 27 Apr 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:boe:boeewp:0367
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