Employed and Unemployed Job Search: a Comparison of Choices and Outcomes Among Youth

29 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2001 Last revised: 7 Aug 2010

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Harry J. Holzer

Georgetown University - Public Policy Institute (GPPI); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: March 1986

Abstract

This paper presents evidence that young unemployed job seekers choose higher levels of search effort (as measured by numbers of methods used and time spent per method) and lower relative reservation wages than do comparable employed seekers. The unemployed also have higher probabilities of gaining new employment, which reflect higher probabilities of receiving offers and especially higher probabilities of accepting them; as well as slightly lower wages.These differences in outcomes between the two groups are at least partly explained by differences in their respective search choices.The evidence thus suggests that unemployed job seekers have higher costs of search (from foregone earnings) than do the employed, causing the former to seek new jobs more eagerly.

Suggested Citation

Holzer, Harry J., Employed and Unemployed Job Search: a Comparison of Choices and Outcomes Among Youth (March 1986). NBER Working Paper No. w1861. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=253125

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