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Unemployment Insurance and Job Durations: Seasonal and Non-Seasonal Jobs

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  • David A. Green
  • Timothy Sargent

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The authors use regional and individual variation in unemployment insurance (UI) parameters to estimate the impact of UI incentives on job durations. In doing so, they distinguish between seasonal and nonseasonal jobs. The authors find evidence of substantial tailoring of job durations to UI incentives in seasonal but not in nonseasonal jobs. Even for seasonal jobs, adjusting UI parameters has small impacts on average job duration except in high unemployment regions. Increasing the UI entrance requirement leads to some job lengthening but also to the creation of more very short jobs.

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Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 31 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 247-278

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:31:y:1998:i:2:p:247-278

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  2. Kapsalis, Constantine, 2000. "The Impact of Bill C-12 on New Entrants and Re-Entrants," MPRA Paper 26137, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Lalive, R. & Ours, J.C. van & Zweimüller, J., 2006. "How Changes in Potential Benefit Duration Affect Equilibrium Unemployment," Discussion Paper 2006-94, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  4. Yolanda Rebollo Sanz, 2010. "Unemployment Insurance and Job Turnover in Spain," Working Papers 10.08, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics, revised Nov 2011.
  5. Tatsiramos, Konstantinos & van Ours, Jan C, 2012. "Labor Market Effects of Unemployment Insurance Design," CEPR Discussion Papers 9196, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  6. David M. Gray, 2006. "Recent Changes to the Employment Insurance Regime: Encouraging Work On-claim and Off-claim," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 32(1), pages 99-110, March.
  7. Peter Kuhn & Chris Riddell, 2006. "The Long-Term Effects of a Generous Income Support Program: Unemployment Insurance in New Brunswick and Maine, 1940-1991," NBER Working Papers 11932, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  8. Hornstein, Andreas & Yuan, Mingwei, 1998. "Can a Matching Model Explain the Long-Run Increase in Canada's Unemployment Rate?," Working Papers 98-19, Bank of Canada.
  9. Rafael Lalive & Jan Ours & Josef Zweimüller, 2011. "Equilibrium unemployment and the duration of unemployment benefits," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 24(4), pages 1385-1409, October.
  10. Hägglund, Pathric, 2000. "Effects of changes in the unemployment insurance eligibility requirements on job duration - Swedish evidence," Working Paper Series 2000:4, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
  11. Hägglund, Pathric, 2007. "Effects of Changes in the Unemployment Insurance Eligibility Requirements on Job Duration - Swedish Evidence," Working Paper Series 3/2007, Swedish Institute for Social Research.
  12. van Ours, Jan C. & Tuit, Sander, 2010. "How Changes in Unemployment Benefit Duration Affect the Inflow into Unemployment," IZA Discussion Papers 4691, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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