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Sectoral Shifts and Canadian Unemployment

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  • Janet Neelin

    (Princeton University)

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In this paper Lilien's (1982) hypothesis that sectoral shifts in employment raise aggregate unemployment is tested using Canadian quarterly data. Lilien's framework is extended to investigate regional labour market rigidities and to distinguish between industry shifts that are correlated with changes in aggregate activity, and those which are exogenous to the overall level of activity. The robustness of the results to various changes in model specification is also investigated. I find that in Canada exogenous shifts in employment between sectors do not have a significant effect on the aggregate unemployment rate.

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  • Janet Neelin, 1985. "Sectoral Shifts and Canadian Unemployment," Working Papers 580, Princeton University, Department of Economics, Industrial Relations Section..
  • Handle: RePEc:pri:indrel:200
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    1. Francesco Pastore & Joanna Tyrowicz, 2013. "Polish high unemployment and spatial labor turnover. Insights from panel data analysis using unemployment registry data," Working Papers 2013-18, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.
    2. Giovanni Gallipoli & Gianluigi Pelloni, 2013. "Macroeconomic Effects of Job Reallocations: A Survey," Review of Economic Analysis, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, vol. 5(2), pages 127-176, December.
    3. repec:rim:rimwps:27-08 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Pastore, Francesco, 2013. "Primum vivereā€¦ Industrial Change, Job Destruction and the Geographical Distribution of Unemployment," IZA Discussion Papers 7126, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).

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    Keywords

    sectoral shifts; unemployment; Canada; Lilien;

    JEL classification:

    • D18 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Protection

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