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Reservation Wages, Search Duration, and Accepted Wages in Europe

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  • Addison, John T.

    () (University of South Carolina)

  • Centeno, Mario

    () (Banco de Portugal)

  • Portugal, Pedro

    () (Banco de Portugal)

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This paper uses data from the European Community Household Panel, 1994-99, to investigate the arrival rate of job offers, the determinants of reservation wages, transitions out of unemployment, and accepted wages. In this exploratory treatment, we report that the arrival rate of job offers declines precipitously with jobless duration and age; that reservation wages do decline with the jobless spell (and aggregate unemployment); that transitions out of unemployment exhibit strong negative duration dependence for reasons that have more to do with the arrival rate of job offers than with reservation wages; and that the decline in reemployment wages with joblessness closely shadows the corresponding fall in reservation wages.

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  • Addison, John T. & Centeno, Mario & Portugal, Pedro, 2004. "Reservation Wages, Search Duration, and Accepted Wages in Europe," IZA Discussion Papers 1252, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Cecilia Garavito Masalías, 2010. "Vulnerabilidad en el empleo, género y etnicidad en el Perú," Revista Economía, Fondo Editorial - Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, vol. 33(66), pages 89-127.
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    3. Nüß, Patrick, 2017. "Duration Dependence as an Unemployment Stigma: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Germany," GLO Discussion Paper Series 88, Global Labor Organization (GLO).
    4. John T. Addison & Mário Centeno & Pedro Portugal, 2004. "Key Elasticities in Job Search Theory: International Evidence," Working Papers w200412, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.
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    Keywords

    reservation wages; job offer arrival rates; unemployment duration; reemployment wages;

    JEL classification:

    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings

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