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The Employment Effects of Low-Wage Subsidies

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  • Kristiina Huttunen
  • Jukka Pirttilä
  • Roope Uusitalo

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Low-wage subsidies are often proposed as a solution to the unemployment problem among the low skilled. Yet the empirical evidence on the effects of low-wage subsidies is surprisingly scarce. This paper examines the employment effects of a Finnish payroll tax subsidy scheme, which is targeted at the employers of older, full-time, low-wage workers. The system’s clear eligibility criteria open up an opportunity for a reliable estimation of the causal impacts of the subsidy, using a difference-in-difference-in-differences approach. Our results indicate that the subsidy system had no effects on the employment rate. However, it appears to have increased the probability of part-time workers obtaining full-time employment.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3043.

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Keywords: low-wage subsidies; employment; social security contributions;

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  1. Asma Raies, 2012. "Do pro-employment public policies matter?," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(3), pages 2442-2452.
  2. Egebark, Johan & Kaunitz, Niklas, 2013. "Do payroll tax cuts raise youth employment?," Working Paper Series 2013:27, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
  3. Schuenemann, Benjamin & Lechner, Michael & Wunsch, Conny, 2011. "Do Long-term Unemployed Workers Benefit from Targeted Wage Subsidies," Economics Working Paper Series 1126, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science.
  4. Deuchert, Eva & Kauer, Lukas, 2013. "Hiring subsidies for people with a disability: Helping or hindering? - Evidence from a small scale social field experiment," Economics Working Paper Series 1335, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science.

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