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Job search and unemployment insurance: New evidence from time use data

Alan Krueger and Andreas Mueller

Journal of Public Economics, 2010, vol. 94, issue 3-4, 298-307

Abstract: This paper provides new evidence on job search intensity of the unemployed in the U.S., modeling job search intensity as time allocated to job search activities. The major findings are: 1) the average U.S. unemployed worker devotes about 41Â min to job search on weekdays, which is substantially more than their European counterparts; 2) workers who expect to be recalled by their previous employer search substantially less than the average unemployed worker; 3) across the 50 states and D.C., job search is inversely related to the generosity of unemployment benefits, with an elasticity between -1.6 and -2.2; 4) job search intensity for those eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) increases prior to benefit exhaustion; and 5) time devoted to job search is fairly constant regardless of unemployment duration for those who are ineligible for UI.

Keywords: Unemployment; Unemployment; insurance; Job; search; Time; use; Unemployment; benefits; Inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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