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Asset accumulation and short-term employment

Browning, M and Crossley, TF and Smith, E (2007) 'Asset accumulation and short-term employment.' Review of Economic Dynamics, 10 (3). 400 - 423. ISSN 1094-2025

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If access to credit is limited (especially when young or unemployed) but "bad" jobs are easy to come by, then job seekers might use short term employment in undesirable jobs as a way to finance consumption during subsequent unemployed search for a "good" job. In this paper we explore this idea by building a theoretical model of job search by risk averse, debt constrained agents. In this model we characterise analytically conditions under which voluntary planned separations occur as agents cycle between accumulating assets in short term employment and unemployed search for more desirable employment. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2012 20:19
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 20:15

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