Andreas Mueller

Job search and unemployment insurance: New evidence from time use data

Coauthor(s): Alan Krueger.


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This paper provides new evidence on job search intensity of the unemployed in the U.S., modeling job search intensity as time allocated to job search activities. The major findings are: 1) the average U.S. unemployed worker devotes about 41 min to job search on weekdays, which is substantially more than their European counterparts; 2) workers who expect to be recalled by their previous employer search substantially less than the average unemployed worker; 3) across the 50 states and D.C., job search is inversely related to the generosity of unemployment benefits, with an elasticity between −1.6 and −2.2; 4) job search intensity for those eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) increases prior to benefit exhaustion; and 5) time devoted to job search is fairly constant regardless of unemployment duration for those who are ineligible for UI.

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Source: Journal of Public Economics
Exact Citation:
Krueger, Alan, and Andreas Mueller. "Job search and unemployment insurance: New evidence from time use data." Journal of Public Economics 94, no. 3-4 (2010): 298-307.
Volume: 94
Number: 3-4
Pages: 298-307
Date: 2010