Beach, Charles M.; Kaliski, S. F.
January 1987
ILR Review;Jan87, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p254
Academic Journal
This paper empirically examines entire distributions of unemployment spells according to a novel duration-share approach based on decile shares and Lorenz curves of unemployment. The approach is applied to a Canadian micro-data source akin to the Work Experience Surveys for the United States. The major empirical findings are that long-term unemployment accounts for a very substantial proportion of total weeks of unemployment, despite the short duration of the average spell of unemployment.


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