Grupos de Investigación

The Effects of Being Out of the Labor Market on Subsequent Wages: Evidence for Uruguay

ISSNAño: 2014
AutorAutor/es: Arim, Rodrigo , Dean, Andrés , Amarante, Verónica
EditorialEditorial: Journal of Labor Research, Volume 35(1), March 2014
Based on administrative data combining workers’ earnings histories and unemployment insurance benefits, we document short and long term wage losses for a large sample of Uruguayan formal workers with high tenure. The contribution of this paper is to provide original evidence about job separation costs in a developing country, based on a unique array of social security and unemployment insurance administrative micro-data. Our main findings indicate that workers lose around 38 % of their previous wages in the first quarter after separation, and 1 year after, losses are still more than 14 %. If we consider earnings plus unemployment insurance benefits, losses at the quarter of separation are considerable lower, amounting 22 % of previous wages. We also provide original evidence about how wage losses vary across age groups, gender, industry and size of the firm. Differences between switchers and non switchers, as well as the effects of the economic cycle are also analyzed.

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