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Job Searching and the Weather: Evidence from Time-Use Data

Jorge González Chapela ()

Journal of Labor Research, 2021, vol. 42, issue 1, No 2, 29-55

Abstract: Abstract This paper combines individual-level time-use data for 2003–2017 with daily weather observations for U.S. counties to estimate the effects of precipitation and temperature on the intensity of job searching by the unemployed. Linear and nonlinear effects are investigated, along with heterogeneous responses across different populations. A 1 °C increase in maximum (minimum) temperature produces a same-day decrease (increase) in job-search time of close to 0.9 (1.7) minutes. For women, job-search time is 17 min shorter on days of heavy rain, whereas men search some 21 (26) minutes more on days of mild (moderate) rain. These changes do not appear to be offset on subsequent days.

Keywords: Job searching; Weather; Time use; Unemployment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C31 J64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s12122-020-09311-6

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