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Evidence on job search models from a survey of unemployed workers in Germany

Stefano DellaVigna (), Jörg Heining (), Johannes Schmieder and Simon Trenkle ()
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Jörg Heining: Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg, Germany
Simon Trenkle: Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg, Germany

No 202013, IAB-Discussion Paper from Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany]

Abstract: "The job finding rate of Unemployment Insurance (UI) recipients declines in the initial months of unemployment and then exhibits a spike at the benefit exhaustion point. A range of theoretical explanations have been proposed, but those are hard to disentangle using data on job finding alone. To better understand the underlying mechanisms, we conducted a large text-message-based survey of unemployed workers in Germany. We surveyed 6,800 UI recipients twice a week for 4 months about their job search effort. The panel structure allows us to observe how search effort evolves within individual over the unemployment spell. We provide three key facts: 1) search effort is flat early on in the UI spell, 2) search effort exhibits an increase up to UI exhaustion and a decrease thereafter, 3) UI recipients do not appear to time job start dates to coincide with the UI exhaustion point. A model of reference-dependent job search can explain these facts well, while a standard search model with unobserved heterogeneity struggles to explain the second fact. The third fact also leaves little room for a model of storable offers to explain the spike." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

Keywords: Bundesrepublik Deutschland; Befragung; Dauer; Leistungsbezug; Leistungsbezugsende; Leistungsempfänger; Arbeitsaufwand; Zeitbudget; Arbeitsplatzsuchtheorie; Arbeitsuche; Arbeitsuchende; 2017-2019 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D91 J64 J65 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 60 pages
Date: 2020-05-06
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