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

Thomas Kruppe, Eva Müller, Laura Wichert, Ralf Wilke

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Abstract

In this paper we suggest different implementation strategies for common international 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 different definitions and 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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSchmollers Jahrbuch
Volume128
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)461-488
ISSN1439-121X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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