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The Aggregate Effects of the Hartz Reforms in Germany

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  • Matthias S. Hertweck

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  • Oliver Sigrist

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    (University of Basel)

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This paper quantifies the impact of the Hartz reforms on matching efficiency, using monthly SOEP gross worker flows (1983-2009). We show that, until the early 2000s, close to 60% of changes in the unemployment rate are due to changes in the inflow rate (job separation). On the contrary, since the implementation of the reforms in the mid-2000s, the importance of the outflow rate (job finding) has been steadily increasing. This indicates that matching efficiency has improved substantially in recent years. Results from an estimated matching function — pointing to efficiency gains of more than 20% — corroborate this finding.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel in its series Working papers with number 2013/01.

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Keywords: SOEP gross worker flows; Hartz reform; matching efficiency; unemployment fluctuations;

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