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Trends in Unemployment Rates in Korea: A Search-Matching Model Interpretation

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  • Yongsung Chang

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Jaeryang Nam

    (Hanyang University)

  • Changyong Rhee

    (Seoul National University)

Abstract

We investigate the steady decline in aggregate unemployment rates in Korea since the 1960's. We argue that a pronounced decrease in the intensity of reallocation shocks, which resulted in a downward trend in the natural rate of unemployment, has been an important factor in this decline. Our claim is based on a structural search-matching model, the times series of job-separation and job-finding rates, and sectoral-shift measures that we construct from a micro data for the past three decades.

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  • Yongsung Chang & Jaeryang Nam & Changyong Rhee, 2002. "Trends in Unemployment Rates in Korea: A Search-Matching Model Interpretation," Labor and Demography 0204004, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Unemployment rates in Korea; Search; Reallocation shocks;

    JEL classification:

    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs

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