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Reconciling workless measures at the individual and household level: theory and evidence from the United States, Britain, Germany, Spain and Australia

Gregg, Paul, Scutella, Rosanna and Wadsworth, Jonathan (2010) Reconciling workless measures at the individual and household level: theory and evidence from the United States, Britain, Germany, Spain and Australia. Journal of Population Economics, 23 (1). pp. 139-167. ISSN 1432-1475

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Abstract

Individual- and household-based jobless rates can offer conflicting signals about labour market performance. We outline a means of quantifying and decomposing the extent of any disparity (polarisation) between individual- and household-based measures and apply this to data from five countries over 25 years. Comparing actual household workless rates with counterfactuals based on a random distribution of employment, we find evidence of growing disparities between individual- and household-based non-employment measures in all five countries. The extent of this polarisation varies widely, but for each country, most of the discrepancies stem from within-household factors than from changing household composition.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/0933-1433/
Additional Information: © 2010 Springer
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2011 13:17
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/30307/

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