Explaining Differences In Job Search Outcomes Between Employed And Unemployed Job Seekers

The authors use individual data for Great Britain over the period 1992-2009 to compare the probability that employed and unemployed job seekers find a job and the quality of the job they find. The job finding rate of unemployed job seekers is 50 percent higher than that of employed job seekers, and this difference remains even when controlling for differences in observable worker characteristics and job search behaviour. They present evidence suggesting that these differences in the job finding probability is caused by behavioural differences between employed and unemployed job seekers rather than differences in characteristics.

Provided by: Institute for the Study of Labor Topic: Security Date Added: Jul 2011 Format: PDF

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