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Job Search During a Pandemic Recession:Survey Evidence From the Netherlands

Maria Balgova, Simon Trenkle (), Christian Zimpelmann and Nico Pestel ()

CRC TR 224 Discussion Paper Series from University of Bonn and University of Mannheim, Germany

Abstract: This paper studies job search behavior in the midst of a pandemic re- cession. We use long-running panel data from the Netherlands (LISS) and complement the core survey with our own COVID-specific module, con- ducted in June 2020, surveying job search e ort of employed as well as un- employed 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 di ers strongly from previous downturns. The unemployed search signi cantly 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 e ort for the unemployed in 2020. Furthermore, employed individuals whose work situation has been a ected 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)
Pages: 40
Date: 2021-10
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