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Table 1 Patterns of unemployment reporting as reported in 1998 or 2006 versus 2012 retrospective data for 1998 or 2006, individuals reporting contemporaneous unemployment in 2006 or 1998 and present in 2012

From: Comparing retrospective and panel data collection methods to assess labor market dynamics

Comparison to retrospective data Dist. (%) 1998 % less than 6 months 1998 Mean current unemp. dur. 1998 Dist. (%) 2006 % less than 6 months 2006 Mean current unemp. dur. 2006
Aligned 9 23 26 13 16 31
Unemployed within 1 year ± 1 0 22 5 5 24
Unemployed within 2–5 years ± 7 12 33 12 9 38
Unemployed more than 5 years ± 11 8 31 7 7 46
Never unemployed but have a fourth status 6 15 35 4 27 31
Never unemployed no fourth status 65 22 41 59 22 29
Total 100 19 37 100 18 32
N 261 261 261 443 443 443
  1. Source: Authors’ calculations based on ELMPS 1998, ELMPS 2006, and ELMPS 2012