Ruhr Economic Papers

Ruhr Economic Papers #312

How Do the Unemployed Search for a Job? – Evidence from the EU Labour Force Survey

by Ronald Bachmann and Daniel Baumgarten

RWI, 01/2012, 32 S./p., 8 Euro, ISBN 978-3-86788-352-8 DOI: 10.4419/86788352



Using harmonized micro data, this paper investigates the job search methods of the unemployed in Europe. The analysis focuses on the importance of individual and household characteristics in this context, as well as on cross-country differences in Europe. Our findings suggest that both individual and household characteristics play an important role, with the latter being more decisive for women. However, even when controlling for these factors, remarkable differences remain between countries, which are associated with institutional characteristics at the country level.

JEL-Classification: J20, J64, C38

Keywords: Job search; search channels