ERIC Number: ED084359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Economics of Job Search: A Biracial Analysis of Job Search Behavior of Urban Male Youth Ages 18-22.
Stephenson, Stanley P., Jr.
This study presents and tests an econometric model of job search behavior for youth. The main hypothesis is that differences in search behavior help account for youth-adult employment differences and that within the youth group, black-white unemployment and earnings differentials can be partially explained by job search behavior. Endogenous variables considered are cost of the search, the supply wage rate, the length of search, and the expected duration of work on the next job. Explanatory variables fit into four categories; economic variables, attitudinal indexes, behavioral variables, and demographic datum. The surveyed data was from 150 white and 150 black, young, urban, unemployed men from the field offices of the Indiana Employment Security Division in Indianapolis during November, 1971. Results showed black youth to have lower weekly search costs than whites, but longer search periods and consequent higher total search costs. Supply wage declines as search length increases. (Author/AG)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Black Employment, Doctoral Dissertations, Economic Research, Expenditures, Job Applicants, Job Search Methods, Labor Market, Males, Occupational Aspiration, Questionnaires, Racial Differences, Urban Youth, Work Attitudes, Youth Employment
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Va. 22151 (PB 216 163, MF $1.45, HC $6.00)
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Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana Univ.; Presented at the Econometric Society Meetings (Toronto, Canada, 1972)