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Rent Control and Unemployment Duration

  • Michael Svarer

    (Department of Economics, University of Aarhus)

  • Michael Rosholm

    (Department of Economics, University of Aarhus)

  • Jacob Roland Munch

    (Danish Economic Council)

In this paper we investigate whether rent control affects the functioning of th labour market. Particularly, we focus on the effect of rent control on the length of individual unemployment duration. Theoretically, the effect is ambigious. Rent control reduces housing mobility and could very well spill-over to mobility in the labour market. On the other hand, to maintain their rent control benefits unemployed individuals are presumably less demanding when accepting a job in the local labour market. Based on a rich Danish data set we investigate the empirical contents of the issue, and find results that are in clear accordance with the theoretical predictions.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Applied Microeconometrics in its series CAM Working Papers with number 2003-07.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2003
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuieca:2003_07
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