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Protecting Workers against Unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean: Evidence from Argentina

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  • Martín Gonzalez Rozada
  • Lucas Ronconi
  • Hernan Ruffo

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This paper takes advantage of several reforms that provide time and cross sectional variation to identify the effects of unemployment insurance and severance payments on the duration of unemployment and on the separation probability in Argentina. Administrative data permits analysis of the duration of unemployment of covered spells with detailed information about transfers and their duration, while household surveys permit the study of separation probability and transitions to informal jobs, which are not observed in administrative data. It is found that unemployment duration increases significantly when unemployment insurance transfers are higher or are provided for a longer period; the effects of severance pay on unemployment duration are less robust. On the other hand, higher severance pay is found to reduce separation probability, while unemployment insurance transfers have a positive but small effect on separations.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4759.

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Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:4759

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  1. Lucas Ronconi, 2010. "Enforcement and Compliance with Labor Regulations," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 63(4), pages 719-736, July.
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  6. Chetty, Raj, 2008. "Moral Hazard versus Liquidity and Optimal Unemployment Insurance," Scholarly Articles 9751256, Harvard University Department of Economics.
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  1. Protecting Workers against Unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean: Evidence from Argentina
    by Maximo Rossi in Wikiprogress América Latina on 2012-05-22 16:38:00
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  1. Janina León, 2012. "Calificación y Seguridad Social de la Mano de Obra en México," Working Papers 0612, Universidad Iberoamericana, Department of Economics.

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