Determinants of Lifetime Unemployment: A Micro Data Analysis with Censored Quantile Regressions
Achim Schmillen and
Joachim Möller ()
No 4751, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
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 long-term 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: occupation-specific human capital; censored quantile regressions; lifetime unemployment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J64 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
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Published as "Distribution and determinants of lifetime unemployment" in: Labour Economics, 2012, 19 (1), 33-47
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Working Paper: Determinants of lifetime unemployment: a micro data analysis with censored quantile regressions (2010)
Working Paper: Determinants of Lifetime Unemployment - A Micro Data Analysis with Censored Quantile Regressions (2009)
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