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Non-uniformity of job-matching in a transition economy - A nonparametric analysis for the Czech Republic

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Abstract:

This study explores the properties and development of the matching technology in the Czech Republic during the transition to a market economy. Nonparametric additive modelling allows us to assess flexible functional forms, which comprise for instance CES and trans-log specifications. This enables us to evaluate the matching process locally for each combination of unemployment and vacancies rather than being restricted to global coefficients. Special interest is devoted to analysis and economic determinants of regional variation in the returns to scale of the matching function. Non-linearities are found in the partial adjustment process of unemployment outflows, and a negative coefficient on vacancies in some years. Moreover, increasing returns to scale in job-matching are found locally. Returns to scale are found to be negatively correlated to the share in employment in services and to outmigration, positively correlated to the employment share in industry, the unemployment rate and various measures of active labour market policies.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0003684042000222070

Affiliations: 1: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Arbeit Scharnhorststr. 34-37 D - 10115 Berlin Germany 2: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid c/Madrid 126 E - 28903 Getafe-Madrid Spain

Publication date: April 1, 2004

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