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Job search during a pandemic recession: Survey evidence from the Netherlands

Mária Balgová, Simon Trenkle, Christian Zimpelmann and Nico Pestel ()

Labour Economics, 2022, vol. 75, issue C

Abstract: This paper studies job search behavior in the midst of a pandemic recession. We use long-running panel data from the Netherlands (LISS) and complement the core survey with our own COVID-specific module, conducted in June 2020. The survey provides data on the job search effort in terms of the number of applications of employed as well as unemployed respondents. We estimate an empirical model of job search over the business cycle over the period 2008–2019 to explore the gap between predicted and actual job search behavior in 2020. We find that job search during the pandemic recession differs strongly from previous downturns. The unemployed search significantly less than what we would normally observe during a recession of this size. For the employed, the propensity to search is even greater than what we would expect, but those who do search make significantly fewer job applications. Expectations about the duration of the pandemic seem to play a key role in explaining job search effort for the unemployed in 2020. Furthermore, employed individuals whose work situation has been affected by COVID-19 are searching more actively for a new job.

Keywords: COVID-19; job search; labor supply; survey (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J21 J64 J68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2022.102142

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