Spanish Economic Review

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 79–102 | Cite as

Sample attrition and labor force dynamics: Evidence from the Spanish labor force survey

  • Sergi Jiménez-Martín
  • Franco Peracchi
Original paper


In this paper we examine a number of issues that arise in investigating labor force dynamics using the Spanish Labor Force Survey (EPA). These issues are by no means specific to the Spanish case and apply to most European-style labor force surveys. Our main conclusions may be summarized as follows. First, survey nonresponse cannot be neglected. Second, the EPA tends to underestimate employment and participation of high-educated young people, and to overestimate those of the low-educated elderly. Finally, we find little evidence that attrition causes important selection biases in estimating quarterly transition probabilities.

JEL Classification: C23, C81, J21 
Key words: Nonresponse, attrition, panel data, labor force survey, EPA 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergi Jiménez-Martín
    • 1
  • Franco Peracchi
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Economía, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid 126, 28903 Getafe, Spain ES
  2. 2.Facoltà di Economia, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, 00133 Roma, Italy IT

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