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Measuring Search Frictions Using Japanese Microdata

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  • Masaru Sasaki

    (Osaka University)

  • Miki Kohara

    (Osaka University)

  • Tomohiro Machikita

    (IDE-JETRO)

Abstract

This paper estimates matching functions to measure search frictions in the Japanese labor market and presents determinants of search duration to explain the effect of unemployment benefits on a job seeker fs behavior. We employ administrative microdata that track the job search process of individuals who left or lost their job in August 2005 and subsequently registered at their local public employment service. Our finding is that the matching function would exhibit decreasing returns-to-scale for job seekers and vacancies, rather than constant return-to-scale. We also find that generous unemployment benefits lengthen (shorten) the duration of job search for job seekers who voluntarily (involuntarily) leave employment.

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  • Masaru Sasaki & Miki Kohara & Tomohiro Machikita, 2011. "Measuring Search Frictions Using Japanese Microdata," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 11-07, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics.
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    Job Search; Matching Model; Unemployment; Unemployment Benefits;
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    • 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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