Convergence and determinants of non-employment durations in Eastern and Western Germany

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Since monetary union between eastern and western Germany in 1990, non-employment spells have been shorter in the east, and there has been no convergence. Analysis of the German Socio-Economic Panel for 1990-2000 indicates that there is some convergence in the determinants of durations, owing to increasing age differentials for eastern men, and an increasing influence of children for eastern women. The latter has contributed to the decline in female employment. Skill affects non-employment duration less than it affects employment duration, and the gender gap in eastern non-employment duration cannot be characterized as a skills gap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-266
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Economics and Econometrics


  • Non-employment
  • Transition

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