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MEASURING SEARCH FRICTIONS USING JAPANESE MICRODATA

Masaru Sasaki (), Miki Kohara and Tomohiro Machikita

No 11-07, Discussion Papers in Economics and Business from Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics

Abstract: This paper estimates matching functions to measure search frictions in the Japanese labor market and presents determinants of search duration to explain the effect of unemployment benefits on a job seeker fs behavior. We employ administrative microdata that track the job search process of individuals who left or lost their job in August 2005 and subsequently registered at their local public employment service. Our finding is that the matching function would exhibit decreasing returns-to-scale for job seekers and vacancies, rather than constant return-to-scale. We also find that generous unemployment benefits lengthen (shorten) the duration of job search for job seekers who voluntarily (involuntarily) leave employment.

Keywords: Job Search; Matching Model; Unemployment; Unemployment Benefits (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J64 J65 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2011-02
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