Characteristics of Low-Wage Workers and Their Labor Market Experiences: Evidence from the Mid- to Late 1990s. Including Left-Censored Spells

04/30/2004

The life table results that include left-censored spells (about 37 percent of all employment spells and 30 percent of all job spells) are similar to those that exclude these spells (Tables VI.4, E.3 and E.4). Cumulative exit rates from employment and job spells in months 4 to 44 are very similar whether or not the left-censored spells are included in the analysis (although the left-censored spells are slightly longer than their comparable non-left-censored spells).(48) These results suggest that the assumptions, discussed above, that are needed to justify the use of the left-censored spells appear to be appropriate (at least for spells that started soon before the panel period).

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