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Precautionary On-the-Job Search over the Business Cycle

Hie Joo Ahn and Ling Shao

No 2017-025, Finance and Economics Discussion Series from Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (US)

Abstract: This paper provides new evidence for cyclicality in the job-search effort of employed workers, on-the-job search (OJS) intensity, in the United States using American Time Use Survey and various cyclical indicators. We find that OJS intensity is countercyclical along both the extensive and intensive margins, with the countercyclicality of extensive margin stronger than the other. An increase in the layoffs rate and the deterioration in expectations about future personal financial situation are the primary factors that raise OJS intensity. Our findings suggest that the precautionary motive in the job search is a crucial driver of the countercyclicality in OJS intensity.

Keywords: On-the-job search; Business cycles; Labor flows; Time use (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 E32 J22 J63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-lab and nep-mac
Date: 2017-02-24
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DOI: 10.17016/FEDS.2017.025

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