Family ties and unemployment

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Title: Family ties and unemployment
Authors: Díaz Rodríguez, Antonia | Guillo, Maria Dolores
Research Group/s: Grupo de Estudios de Paz y Desarrollo (GEPYD)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Métodos Cuantitativos y Teoría Económica
Keywords: Family ties | Household good | Unemployment
Knowledge Area: Fundamentos del Análisis Económico
Issue Date: Mar-2000
Publisher: Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas
Citation: DÍAZ, Antonia; GUILLÓ, Mª Dolores. “Family ties and unemployment”. Working Papers (Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas). WP-AD 2000-07
Abstract: In this paper we build a model economy in which the prevailing family structure arises endogenously as a response to labor market conditions. In this model the members of the household (parents and young adults) either work in the market, search for a job, or produce a household good. Parents feel altruistically towards their offspring. Our first finding is that search efforts of the unemployed members of the family are strategic substitutes. The second one is that, everything else equal, young adults leave their parents’ house if they receive a sufficiently high wage; otherwise, they stay. In the latter case, both young adult’s and spouse’s search efforts are lower, since the spouse’s opportunity cost of working in the market is greater when the employed young adult stays at home. As a result, both youth’s and female spouse’s unemployment rates are higher. This result is in line with the evidence we have for Spain.
Sponsor: This work has been financed by the Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas through the research contract IVIE 3.981. Antonia Díaz gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Education, DGES project PB96-0339. María Dolores Guilló acknowledges financial support from the CSIC associated units program.
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper
Peer Review: si
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