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American Economic Review: Vol. 103 No. 3 (May 2013)

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The Life-Cycle Profile of Time Spent on Job Search

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Aguiar, Mark, Erik Hurst, and Loukas Karabarbounis. 2013. "The Life-Cycle Profile of Time Spent on Job Search." American Economic Review, 103(3): 111-16.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.3.111

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Using time use survey data we document a hump-shaped profile of job search time in the United States across the life-cycle. The middle-aged unemployed spend roughly three times as much time in job search as the youngest group of unemployed. The hump-shaped profile of job search time is relatively stable across demographic groups. However, the profile of job search time appears to be declining in non-US countries. We discuss how standard life-cycle models with incomplete markets have difficulty in accounting for the hump-shaped profile found in the US data.

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Aguiar, Mark (Princeton U)
Hurst, Erik (U Chicago)
Karabarbounis, Loukas (U Chicago)

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D12: Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
D91: Intertemporal Consumer Choice; Life Cycle Models and Saving
J22: Time Allocation and Labor Supply
J64: Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search


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