On the Definition of Unemployment and its Implementation in Register Data - The Case of Germany

Kruppe, Thomas ; Müller, Eva M. ; Wichert, Laura ; Wilke, Ralf A.

URL: http://doku.iab.de/fdz/reporte/2007/MR_03-07.pdf
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2007
The title of a journal, publication series: FDZ-Methodenreport / Forschungsdatenzentrum der Bundesagentur für Arbeit
Volume: 3
Place of publication: Nürnberg
Publishing house: FDZ
Edition: Rev. ed. September 2007
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL, Personalwesen u. Arbeitswissenschaft (Oechsler 1996-, Em)
Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: Unemployment information in individual level register data depends on institutional settings, administrative procedures and which registers are merged. In this paper we suggest different implementation strategies for common inter national and German legal unemployment definitions for the Sample of the Integrated Employment Biographies (IEBS). The IEBS belongs to a new generation of German merged register data that is more comprehensive than previous data sets. Our descriptive figures show large differences in the number of spells and the unemployment duration across implementations. This suggests that empirical results of labour market research are likely to depend on the underlying legal definition of unemployment and its implementation in this data.

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