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Job durations with worker and firm specific effects: MCMC estimation with longitudinal employer-employee data

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  • Horny, Guillaume

    (Bank of France)

  • Mendes, Rute

    (Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam)

  • van den Berg, Gerard J

    (IFAU - Insitute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation)

Abstract

We study job durations using a multivariate hazard model allowing for workerspecific and firm-specific unobserved determinants. The latter are captured by unobserved heterogeneity terms or random effects, one at the firm level and another at the worker level. This enables us to decompose the variation in job durations into the relative contribution of the worker and the firm. We also allow the unobserved terms to be correlated. For the empirical analysis we use a Portuguese longitudinal matched employer-employee data set. The model is estimated with a Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) estimation method. The results imply that firm characteristics explain around 30% of the variation in log job durations. In addition, we find a positive correlation between unobserved worker and firm characteristics.

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  • Horny, Guillaume & Mendes, Rute & van den Berg, Gerard J, 2009. "Job durations with worker and firm specific effects: MCMC estimation with longitudinal employer-employee data," Working Paper Series 2009:4, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
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    Keywords

    Job transitions; assortative matching; Gibbs sampling; frailties; dynamic models; matched employer-employee data;
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    JEL classification:

    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
    • C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies
    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts
    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion

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