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Unemployment and Spell Duration during the Great Recession in the EU

Carlos Gradín (), Olga Cantó () and Coral del Rio Otero ()

No 1205, Working Papers from Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Economía Aplicada

Abstract: The current economic recession has had unequal consequences on employment depending on the country considered. It is generally accepted that the negative impact of unemployment on individual welfare can be very different depending on its duration. However, conventional statistics on unemployment do not adequately capture to what extent the recession is not only increasing the incidence of unemployment but also its severity in terms of duration in time of ongoing unemployment spells. In this paper, we follow Shorrocks’s (2009a,b) proposal of a duration-sensitive measure of unemployment in order to analyze the different dynamic characteristics of unemployment in a selected group of European Union countries during the current Great Recession. Our results add some evidence on the relevance of incorporating the duration dimension in measuring unemployment and provide a tool for dynamic analysis based on cross-sectional data.

Keywords: measurement of unemployment; spell duration; European Union (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D30 D63 I31 J64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2012-09
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