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Adequacy of the Weekly Benefit Amount

In: Unemployment Insurance in the United States: Analysis of Policy Issues

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The unemployment insurance (UI) system was established to alleviate the distress and hardship caused by involuntary unemployment. Through weekly benefit payments to eligible claimants, the system helps maintain living standards during active job search. The adequacy of the weekly benefit amount in performing the income maintenance function can be gauged by the percentage of lost income that benefits replace. More directly, adequacy depends on how the weekly benefit contributes to maintaining usual levels of household expenditure.

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  • Christopher J. O'Leary & Stephen A. Wandner (ed.), 1997. "Unemployment Insurance in the United States: Analysis of Polciy Issues," Books from Upjohn Press, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, number uius2, December.
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    Keywords: UNEMPLOYMENT; DISABILITY; POVERTY; Unemployment insurance; Benefits; duration;

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    1. David G. Blanchflower & Andrew J. Oswald, 2005. "The Wage Curve Reloaded," NBER Working Papers 11338, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Christopher J. O'Leary & Stephen A. Wandner, 2000. "Unemployment Compensation and Older Workers," Upjohn Working Papers and Journal Articles 00-61, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
    3. Yolanda K. Kodrzycki, 1998. "Effects of employer-provided severance benefits on reemployment outcomes," New England Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, issue Nov, pages 41-68.
    4. Robert Tannenwald & Christopher J. O'Leary & Wei-Jang Huang, 1999. "New ways of evaluating state unemployment insurance," New England Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, issue Mar, pages 15-40.
    5. Christopher J. O'Leary & Robert A. Straits, 2004. "Intergovernmental Relations in Employment Policy: The United States Experience," Book chapters authored by Upjohn Institute researchers, in: Alain Noel (ed.), Federalism and Labour market Policy: Comparing Different Governance and Employment Strategies, pages 25-82 W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
    6. Christopher J. O'Leary & Robert Tannenwald & Wei-Jang Huang & Pei Zhu, 2000. "Alternative Measures of State UI Systems," Upjohn Working Papers and Journal Articles 00-62, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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