50 Years of Job Vacancies in Colombia: The Case of Bogota, 1960-2010

32 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2012

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Andrés Álvarez

Universidad de los Andes - Department of Economics

Marc Hofstetter

Universidad de los Andes

Date Written: June 15, 2012

Abstract

This paper presents a novel monthly dataset of job vacancies in Bogota between 1960 and 2010. The dataset was constructed by counting the number of help-wanted announcements published in the most important newspaper with national circulation — namely, El Tiempo. We describe the methodology used to construct the database, discuss some possible problems associated with it, and propose ways to solve them. The paper also presents an estimation of the job vacancy rate. We depict a Beveridge curve and use the vacancy rate to forecast unemployment. This first look at the series yields sensible results, while leaving a myriad of open questions for future research.

Keywords: vacancy rate, unemployment, Beveridge curve, labor market, Colombia

JEL Classification: E24, E32, J63, J64

Suggested Citation

Alvarez, Andres and Hofstetter, Marc, 50 Years of Job Vacancies in Colombia: The Case of Bogota, 1960-2010 (June 15, 2012). Documento CEDE No. 2012-12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2104407 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2104407

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Marc Hofstetter

Universidad de los Andes ( email )

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