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Expected Job Loss in East Germany Shortly Before German Unification

Michael Lechner, Friedhelm Pfeiffer & Linda GieseckeO'Shea

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abstract Not available in German. We investigate expectations concerning future job loss in former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) shortly before the economic, monetary and social union in July 1990. In order to model these expectations, we take detailed account of individual heterogenieity, the availability and interpretation of information, and the economic and social environment of the individual. Our data base is the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) East. We find that, with some exceptions, East Germany hold expectations comparable to those held by individuals having experienced a market economy, which is surprising given the lack of such an economy in the previous German Democratic Republic. Since these expectations are only observed, an adequate estimation method is the ordinal logit model. The corresponding stochastic assumptions are testest extensively using pseudo-Langrange multiplier tests against omittd variables, non-linearity, asymmetry of distribution and heteroscedasticity. Furthermore, we apply Hausman tests to check the validity of the classification of the endogenous variable.
   
type journal paper
   
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language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1993
journal Empirical Economics
publisher Physica Verlag (Heidelberg)
ISSN 0377-7332
volume of journal 18
number of issue 2
page(s) 289-306
review not reviewed
   
citation Lechner, M., Pfeiffer, F., & GieseckeO'Shea, L. (1993). Expected Job Loss in East Germany Shortly Before German Unification. Empirical Economics, 18(2), 289-306.