The Lot of the Unemployed: A Time Use Perspective

41 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

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Alan B. Krueger

Princeton University - Industrial Relations Section; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Andreas I. Mueller

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Abstract

This paper provides new evidence on time use and subjective well-being of employed and unemployed individuals in 14 countries. We devote particular attention to characterizing and modeling job search intensity, measured by the amount of time devoted to searching for a new job. Job search intensity varies considerably across countries, and is higher in countries that have higher wage dispersion. We also examine the relationship between unemployment benefits and job search.

Keywords: unemployment, job search, time use, unemployment benefits, inequality

JEL Classification: J64, J65

Suggested Citation

Krueger, Alan B. and Mueller, Andreas I., The Lot of the Unemployed: A Time Use Perspective. , Vol. , pp. -, . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136291 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

Alan B. Krueger (Contact Author)

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Andreas I. Mueller

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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United Kingdom

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