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Labor-Force Participation Rates and the Informational Value of Unemployment Rates: Evidence from Disaggregated US Data

  • Gustavsson, Magnus

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    (Department of Economics, Uppsala University)

  • Österholm, Pär

    ()

    (National Institute of Economic Research)

The informational value of the aggregate US unemployment rate has recently been questioned be-cause of a unit root in the labor-force participation rate; the lack of mean reversion implies that long-run changes in unemployment rates are highly unlikely to reflect long-run changes in jobless-ness. This paper shows that this critique also extends to unemployment rates for sub-populations, such as prime-aged males.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:nierwp:0120
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