Research Paper Working Papers of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change 97-19
Who forgot they were unemployed?
01 Jul 1997
This paper presents evidence about the nature and extent of memory recall problems when identifying unemployment spells in work history data collected by retrospective interview techniques. The analysis compares data from two sources; the British Household Panel Study and the Family and Working Lives Survey with the Labour Force Survey. It is shown that recall problems may be severe, particularly for women and for older workers generally.