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Job search and the duration of layoff unemployment

Pissarides, Christopher ORCID: 0000-0002-0695-058X (1982) Job search and the duration of layoff unemployment. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 97 (4). pp. 595-612. ISSN 0033-5533

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Identification Number: 10.2307/1885101


This paper derives an optimal job-searching strategy for workers on layoff, and an optimal recall policy for firms, when each side anticipates the other side's actions correctly. It shows that workers search for an alternative job only if the probability of recall falls below a critical level, and that firms may recall before the recovery of demand, depending on the costs of laying off and hiring workers, and the probability of losing workers on layoff. Through the use of optimal job searching and recall policies, the paper derives expressions for the duration of layoff unemployment and discusses briefly their comparative-static properties.

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Additional Information: © 1982 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J64 - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:26

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