SFB 303 Discussion Paper No. B - 131

Author: Wurzel, Eckhard
Title: Staggered Entry and Unemployment Durations - An Application to German Data
Abstract: In this paper we consider the impact of individual economic and demographic characteristics on the distribution of single spell unemployment durations in West Germany utilizing data from the German Socio Economic Panel (Sozio-ökonomisches Panel, SEP). Simultaneously we provide some evidence on the robustness of parameter estimates with respect to uncertainty about inflow dates given that only entry intervals are known instead of the precise start dates of the spells. The approach is fully parametric; as population distribution the Weibull and the Log logistic distributions are considered.
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