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Work Incentives? Ex Post Effects of Unemployment Insurance Sanctions - Evidence from West Germany

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  • Barbara Hofmann
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    Unemployment insurance (UI) sanctions in the form of benefit reductions are intended to set disincentives for UI recipients to stay unemployed. Empirical evidence about the effects of UI sanctions in Germany is sparse. Using administrative data we investigate the effects of sanctions on the reemployment probability in West Germany for individuals who entered UI receipt between April 2000 and March 2001. By applying a matching approach that takes timing of events into account, we identify the ex post effect of UI sanctions. As a robustness check a difference-in-differences matching estimator is applied. The results indicate positive effects on the employment probability in regular employment for both women and men.

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    Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2508.

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    Date of creation: 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2508

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    Keywords: unemployment insurance sanctions; dynamic matching;

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    1. Boockmann, Bernhard & Thomsen, Stephan Lothar & Walter, Thomas, 2009. "Intensifying the Use of Benefit Sanctions: An Effective Tool to Shorten Welfare Receipt and Speed Up Transitions to Employment?," IZA Discussion Papers 4580, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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