On the Reliability of Retrospective Unemployment Information in European Household Panel Data

Tomi Kyyrä, Ralf Wilke

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The retrospectively recalled calendar of activities in the European Community Household Panel is a prime resource for cross-country analysis of unemployment experience. We investigate the reliability of these data and find that 26 % of unemployed respondents misreported retrospectively their unemployment status in the subsequent interview. We observe large differences across countries: While the conditional probability of consistent information is 96 % in the UK, it is just 51 % in Greece for a comparable individual. By analyzing long-term unemployment and unemployment persistence, we show that the results of cross-country comparisons are strongly affected by these data problems.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEmpirical Economics
Vol/bind46
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)1473-1493
ISSN0377-7332
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2014

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