Constructing the job-finding rate and separation rate of Hong Kong labour market

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-311
Journal / PublicationPacific Economic Review
Issue number3
Online published9 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


This paper constructs two essential time series of the aggregate labour market in Hong Kong: the job-finding rate and the separation rate. The average job-finding rate per month is 27.54% while the average separation rate per month is 1.29%. These numbers are similar to those for Nordic and Anglo-Saxon countries. Variance decomposition shows that the separation rate contributes to more than half the variation of the unemployment rate.

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