DP2268 The Duration of Unemployment in Russia

Author(s): Gerard van den Berg, Louise Grogan
Publication Date: October 1999
Keyword(s): Duration Models, Russia, Unemployment Definition
JEL(s): J4, J6, P2
Programme Areas: Labour Economics, Transition Economics
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This paper uses longitudinal survey data to assess factors affecting the duration of unemployment in Russia. We examine four types of marginalised labour force participants, according to ILO guidelines and survey responses, and we estimate duration models for each type. It turns out that the sets of characteristics with the strongest effects on the duration are remarkably similar across the different unemployment definitions and model specifications. Therefore, despite the formidable practical measurement problems, problematic groups of individuals can actually be identified.