Job Search in Thick Markets: Evidence from Italy

University of Oxford Department of Economics Discussion Paper No. 235

36 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2011

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Date Written: May 8, 2005

Abstract

I analyze empirically the effects of both urban and industrial agglomeration on men's and women's search behavior and on the efficiency of matching. The analysis is based on the Italian Labor Force Survey micro-data, which covers 520 randomly drawn Local Labor Market Areas (66 per cent of the total) over the four quarters of 2002. I compute transition probabilities from non-employment to employment by jointly estimating the probability of searching and the probability of finding a job conditional on having searched, and I test whether these are affected by urbanization, industry localization, labor pooling and family network quality. In general, the main results indicate that urbanization and labor pooling raise job seekers' chances of finding employment (conditional on having searched), while industry localization and family network quality increase only men's. Moreover, neither urban nor industrial agglomeration affect non-employed individuals' search behavior; although men with thicker family networks search more intensively.

Keywords: Labor Market Transitions, Search Intensity, Urbanization, Industry Localization

JEL Classification: J64, R00, J60

Suggested Citation

Di Addario, Sabrina Lucia, Job Search in Thick Markets: Evidence from Italy (May 8, 2005). University of Oxford Department of Economics Discussion Paper No. 235. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1742958 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1742958

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