Alternative Measures of the Average Duration of Unemployment

Statistics Canada Working Paper 83

18 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 1996

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Miles Corak

Statistics Canada; University of Ottawa; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Andrew Heisz

Government of Canada - Analytical Studies Branch

Date Written: December 1995

Abstract

This paper examines the robustness of a measure of the average complete duration of unemployment in Canada to a host of assumptions used in its derivation. In contrast to the average incomplete duration of unemployment, which is a lagging cyclical indicator, this statistic is a coincident indicator of the business cycle. The impact of using a steady state as opposed to a non steady state assumption, as well as the impact of various corrections for response bias are explored. It is concluded that a non steady state estimator would be a valuable compliment to the statistics on unemployment duration that are currently released by many statistical agencies, and particularly Statistics Canada.

JEL Classification: E24, E32, C13, J20

Suggested Citation

Corak, Miles and Heisz, Andrew, Alternative Measures of the Average Duration of Unemployment (December 1995). Statistics Canada Working Paper 83. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3218 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3218

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