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Testing theories of labour market matching

  • Upward, Richard

    (University of Nottingham)

  • Martyn Andrews
  • Steve Bradley
  • Dave Stott

This paper estimates a model of two-sided search using micro-level data for a well-defined labour market. It examines the assumption of random matching and contrasts it with the stock-flow (or non-random) matching model of Coles and collaborators. Given a dataset of contacts, matches, and complete labour-market histories for both sides of the market, we estimate hazard functions for both (unemployed) job-seekers and vacancies. For job-seekers, the tests adds the stock of new vacancies to a standard job-seeker hazard which itself depends on the stocks of vacancies and unemployed. Our tentative results find very weak evidence of stock-flow matching.

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Paper provided by Royal Economic Society in its series Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2003 with number 209.

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Date of creation: 04 Jun 2003
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Handle: RePEc:ecj:ac2003:209
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  1. Coles, Melvyn & Petrongolo, Barbara, 2003. "A Test between Unemployment Theories Using Matching Data," IZA Discussion Papers 723, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Paul Gregg & Barbara Petrongolo, 1997. "Random or Non-Random matching? Implications for the use of the UV 234 curve as a measure of matching effectiveness," CEP Discussion Papers dp0348, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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  7. van Ours, J.C. & Ridder, G., 1993. "Vacancy Durations : Search or Selection?," Other publications TiSEM 77fcbc19-cfa8-4e4c-8fb1-f, Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management.
  8. van Ours, J.C. & Ridder, G., 1992. "Vacancies and recruitment of new employees," Other publications TiSEM 9acc708a-0885-46a2-aef5-7, Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management.
  9. Melvyn Coles & Barbara Petrongolo, 2003. "A test between unemployment theories using matching data," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 3663, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  10. Gregg, P & Petrongolo, B, 1997. "Random or Non-Random Matching? Implications for the Use of the UV Curve as a Measure of Matching Performance," Papers 13, Centre for Economic Performance & Institute of Economics.
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