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How Changes in Benefits Entitlement Affect the Duration of Unemployment

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  • Ours, J.C. van
  • Vodopivec, M.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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This paper investigates the disincentive effects of the potential duration of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.The disincentive effects are identified by exploiting changes in the UI system in Slovenia, which involved substantial reductions in the potential benefit duration and had characteristics of a "natural experiment".We find that the change had a positive effect on the exit rate out of unemployment - both to employment and to other destinations - at various durations of unemployment spells and for many categories of unemployed workers.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2005-30.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:200530

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Keywords: Unemployment Insurance; potential benefit duration; job finding rates;

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  1. Stovicek, Klara & Turrini, Alessandro, 2012. "Benchmarking Unemployment Benefits in the EU," IZA Policy Papers 43, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. David R. Howell & Dean Baker & Andrew Glyn & John Schmitt, 2006. "Are Protective Labor Market Institutions Really at the Root of Unemployment? A Critical Perspective on the Statistical Evidence," CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs 2006-14, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

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