Working Paper No. 149

The Replacement of the UV-Curve with a New Measure of Hiring Efficiency


In this paper we show that changes in the position of the UV-Curve do not unambiguously reflect changes in labour market adjustment ability. In fact, the UV-Curve is displaced not only when hiring efficiency changes but also when the volume of hiring changes. To identify changes in hiring efficiency, we should use the relation between either the duration of vacancies and the stock of unemployment or, alternatively, the duration of unemployment and the stock of vacancies. These measures are applied to Swedish data and produce interesting new evidence on the hiring efficiency of the labour market in Sweden.

Integrating Immigrants into the Nordic Labour Markets

An Overall Perspective

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Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden face similar problems of integrating large groups of immigrants, especially low-educated ones from outside the EU, into their labour markets. In this volume, edited by Lars Calmfors, IFN, and Nora Sánchez Gassen in cooperation with researchers from across the Nordic Region analyse how labour market integration of immigrants can be promoted. 

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