BOFIT Discussion Papers, Institute for Economies in Transition, Bank of Finland
Natalia V. Smirnova
Job search behavior of unemployed in Russia
Abstract: This paper explores the determinants of job search
behavior, search intensity and choices of search methods of the unemployed
workers in transitional Russia. We use pooled data from rounds 5-9 of the
Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS) to estimate the effects of
socio-economic factors on the choices workers make while looking for a job.
The results show that women are significantly less likely than men to
engage in job searches, lag significantly behind men in search intensity,
and significantly differ from men in their search strategies. The job
search behavior of workers living in metropolitan areas of Moscow and St.
Petersburg differs substantially from the behavior of workers living
elsewhere in Russia. The most frequently used search strategy in Russia, as
in other countries, is contacting friends and relatives for job leads.
Keywords: Russia; transition; job search; search intensity; iogit; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J64; P23; (follow links to similar papers)
36 pages, November 6, 2003
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