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Unemployment Insurance and Quits in Canada

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  • Arthur Sweetman
  • Peter Kuhn

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In two recent policy changes, the Canadian government acted to limit the eligibility of job quitters and those dismissed for cause for unemployment insurance (UI). The authors study the effects of these policy changes on separation behavior. They find no evidence that these policy changes induced a relabeling of separations towards UI eligible reasons, but the authors do find quite different responses across demographic groups. Women and young men are inhibited from quitting their jobs by the new quit penalties, but prime-age males seem unaffected by the large increase in the cost of quitting imposed by the changes.

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

Volume (Year): 31 (1998)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 549-572

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:31:y:1998:i:3:p:549-572

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Cited by:
  1. Zhang, Xuelin, 2007. "Gender Differences in Quits and Absenteeism in Canada," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 2007296e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
  2. Julien, B. & Kennes, J. & King, I., 1998. "Bidding for Labour," Discussion Papers dp98-03, Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University.
  3. Zhang, Xuelin, 2007. "Differences entre les sexes relativement aux departs volontaires et a l'absenteisme au Canada," Direction des etudes analytiques : documents de recherche 2007296f, Statistics Canada, Direction des etudes analytiques.
  4. Julien, Benoit & Kennes, John & King, Ian Paul, 2011. "Implementing the Mortensen rule in a frictional labor market," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 80-91, March.
  5. John Kennes & Ian Paul King & Benoit Julien, 2002. "'Residual' Wage Disparity in Directed Search Equilibrium," Macroeconomics 0205003, EconWPA.
  6. Matthew Webb & Arthur Sweetman & Casey Warman, 2012. "How Targeted is Targeted Tax Relief? Evidence from the Unemployment Insurance Youth Hires Program," Working Papers 1298, Queen's University, Department of Economics.

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