The Duration of Unemployment: A User Guide

Statistics Canada Working Paper 84

13 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 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

The objective of this paper is to introduce a new measure of the average duration of unemployment spells using Canadian data. The paper summarizes the work of Corak (1993) and Corak and Heisz (1994) on the average complete duration of unemployment in a non-technical way by focusing on the distinction between it and the average incomplete duration of unemployment, which is regularly released by Statistics Canada. It is pointed out that the latter is a lagging cyclical indicator. The average complete duration of unemployment is a more accurate indicator of prevailing labor market conditions, but some assumptions required in its derivation also imply that it lags actual developments.

JEL Classification: E24, E32, C13, J20

Suggested Citation

Corak, Miles and Heisz, Andrew, The Duration of Unemployment: A User Guide (December 1995). Statistics Canada Working Paper 84. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3297 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3297

Miles Corak (Contact Author)

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