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The Duration of Youth Unemployment in West Germany: Some Theoretical Considerations

  • Wolfgang Franz

This paper presents a theoretical model dealing with the duration of youth unemployment in West Germany. Duration can be expressed in terms of the underlying hazard function. After a brief discussion of a reasonable shape of the hazard function a distinction is made with respect to the probabilities of receiving a job offer and accepting it. Determinants of the latter decision are developed using a unified model of consumption, leisure, and job search. Uncertainty and some restrictions such as standard work time and entitlement to unemployment compensation are taken into account. The probability of receiving a job offer depends, among other factors, on the screening process undertaken by the firms .

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 0397.

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Date of creation: Oct 1979
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:0397
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