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Characteristics of Unemployed People, Training Attendance and Job Searching Success in the Valencian Region (Spain)

Reviewer 1: Anonymous
Reviewer 2: Anonymous
Reviewer 3: Anonymous
Received: 16 October 2018 / Revised: 27 October 2018 / Accepted: 31 October 2018 / Published: 3 November 2018

Round  1

Reviewer 1 Report

·        Previous literature on studies investigating determinants of entering in training/life-long learning is missing, for ex.: Ariga and Brunello 2006; Bassanini et al. 2007, Biagetti and Scicchitano 2013): please provide

·        At a macro-level an interesting line of economic research found that Training/heterogeneous human capital is crucial in determining innovation activity and the growth rate of an Economy (Redding 1996, Acemoglu 1997  Scicchitano 2007, 2010): please add this strand of economic literature.

·        In the introduction section a figure with stylized facts about unemployment in Spain during the crisis in a comparative view by using LFS could be added

·        Limits: if I well understand the dataset does not contain information about wage and fixed term/open ended contracts. It is particularly relevant since i) temporary workers in Spain are a quite high percentage with respect to other European countries ii) wage may be crucial for accepting job and employability. This limit should be highlighted.  

Author Response

I would like to express my gratitude to the reviewer for his/her kind and valuable comments. The new version of the manuscript includes the suggestions made by the reviewer. New paragraphs are highlighted in the draft to facilitate its location.

Author's reply can be found in the attached file.

Author Response File: Author Response.pdf

Reviewer 2 Report

The database presented in the study is very interesting. The paper offers potential for publication. However, there are a few issues that need to be improved:

1. Figure 4 should have a legend.

2. The authors should work on the third part of the article: they should provide some information about probit model in general (construction, estimation, verification); they should present some information about the quality of the estimated model; they should discuss the results in more detail (compare them in time, etc.).

Author Response

I would like to express my gratitude to the reviewer for his/her kind and valuable comments. The new version of the manuscript includes the suggestions made by the reviewer. New paragraphs are highlighted in the draft to facilitate its location.

Author's reply can be found in the attached file.

Author Response File: Author Response.pdf

Reviewer 3 Report

Thank you very much for the opportunity to review the dataset-related paper on unemployment in Spain, particularly in the Valencian region. I believe that more open datasets should be published to progress academic work. The guiding text of the article is quite easy to follow, but I have some recommendations that might make the data description even more transparent and thus, useful for the community. Therefore, I would like the authors to revise the paper and consider my comments attached below. I hope they find them helpful.

1.     First, I would like to ask authors to a bit extent the description of the data collection and data´s origin/sampling in section “Data description”. I believe that this needs to be done in a much more straightforward way.

2.     Second, I very appreciate the way how the authors compare the existing dataset to other datasets. I just would like to relate their dataset to a recent initiative on youth unemployment project and dataset CUPESSE (Cultural pathways to economic self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship), which is a big issue, especially in Spain.

    2.1.  Tosun, J., Arco-Tirado, J. L., Caserta, M., Cemalcilar, Z., Freitag, M., Hörisch, F., ... & Maloney, W. A. (2018). Perceived economic self-sufficiency: a country-and generation-comparative approach. European Political Science, 1-22.

    2.2.  Dataset link: https://dbk.gesis.org/dbksearch/sdesc2.asp?no=7475&db=e&doi=10.4232/1.13042

3.     In line with the dataset mentioned above, I would propose authors to extend also the existing link to their own data: https://zenodo.org/record/1464591#.W8dMtWgzZPY . Only R version of the dataset is available, and I do not find a proper codebook there. I think that the authors should also offer their dataset in the form of CSV or Open Science Framework. The codebook should also be according to my opinion extended.

4.     I believe that the authors should also elaborate more on the Database diagram as it is hard to read in its current form.

5.     When the authors talk about potential exits from unemployment, it might be worth mentioning that another way out is self-employment as Dvouletý et al. (2018) recently showed.

    5.1.  Dvouletý, O., Mühlböck, M., Warmuth, J., & Kittel, B. (2018). ‘Scarred’young entrepreneurs. Exploring young adults’ transition from former unemployment to self-employment. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-23.

Author Response

I would like to express my gratitude to the reviewer for his/her kind and valuable comments. The new version of the manuscript includes the suggestions made by the reviewer. New paragraphs are highlighted in the draft to facilitate its location.

Author's reply can be found in the attached file.

Author Response File: Author Response.pdf

Round  2

Reviewer 1 Report

All comments have been taken on board.

Reviewer 2 Report

The author introduced all the changes I suggest.In my opinion the manuscript has been significantly improved and now warrants publication in Data.

Reviewer 3 Report

Dear authors,

Thanks a lot for your improvement. You treated my comments seriously and the paper has improved.

I recommend your paper for publication in Data journal.

Good luck in your future research.

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