Josef Zweimüller

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Josef Zweimüller

University of Zurich
Duration dependence in the job finding rate: Job applications, job interviews and job offers
Joint with
Rafael Lalive, Aderonke Osikominu, Jeremy Zuchuat

IBD Amphi

Îlot Bernard du Bois - Amphithéâtre

5-9 boulevard Maurice Bourdet
13001 Marseille

Monday, September 19 2022| 11:30am to 12:45pm

Ewen Gallic: ewen.gallic[at]
Avner Seror: avner.seror[at]


An unemployed worker’s chances to find a new job decreases with the duration of unemployment. While this fact is well documented, the reasons are not well understood. This paper quantifies the extent to which (i) job applications sent by job seekers and (ii) firms’ callback decision can account for duration dependence. Exploiting data from the Swiss unemployment register on firms’ responses (callbacks and job offers) for each single job application, we find that the declining job finding rate is due to both fewer applications and lower callback rates, but callbacks are about twice as important as applications. Dynamic selection is accounted for by individual fixed-effects in the case of applications; and by the CV characteristics observed by firms in the case of callbacks.