Women's Unemployment During Transition: Evidence from the Czech and Slovak Micro-Data

38 Pages Posted: 20 May 1999

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John C. Ham

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Economics

Jan Svejnar

School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, NY, USA; CEPR; IZA; CERGE-EI; University of Ljubljana

Katherine Terrell

Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Abstract

We analyse women's weekly probabilities of leaving unemployment in the Czech and Slovak Republics (CR and SR) in order to investigate three questions: 1) Why are unemployment rates much lower in the CR than the SR?; 2) Does the unemployment compensation scheme (UCS) substantially lengthen unemploment spells?; and 3) Why are women's unemployment rates higher than men's? We find that differences in the behaviour of the individuals, employers and institutions in the SR and CR (as measured by differences in coefficients) play a larger role in determining the CR's shorter female unemployment spells than do differences in measured demand and demographic variables. The UCS has only a moderate effect on duration and its impact is greater in the CR. The differences between men's and women's spells (in each republic) are explained more by differences in coefficients than by differences in observed characteristics.

JEL Classification: C41, H53, J23, J64, O15, P2

Suggested Citation

Ham, John C. and Svejnar, Jan and Terrell, Katherine, Women's Unemployment During Transition: Evidence from the Czech and Slovak Micro-Data. Economics of Transition, Vol. 7, No. 1, 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=164708 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.164708

John C. Ham (Contact Author)

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