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Determinants of Lifetime Unemployment. A Micro Data Analysis with Censored Quantile Regressions

Achim Schmillen and Joachim Möller ()

No 90, Working Papers from Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE)

Abstract: The empirical literature on unemployment almost exclusively focuses on the duration of distinct unemployment spells. In contrast, we use a large German administrative micro data set for the time span 1975-2004 to investigate individual lifetime unemployment (defined as the total length of all unemployment spells over a 25-year period). This new perspective enables us to answer questions regarding the longterm distribution and determinants of unemployment for West German birth cohorts 1950-1954. We find that lifetime unemployment is highly unevenly distributed and employ censored quantile regressions to show that, for men, pursuing a disadvantageous occupation early in the professional career leads to a significantly higher amount of lifetime unemployment.

Keywords: Lifetime unemployment; Censored quantile regressions; Occupation-specific human capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J64 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2010-03
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