Do Unemployment Insurance Recipients Actively Seek Work? Evidence From Randomized Trials in Four U.S. States
AbstractIn this paper we report the results of the only field test of which we are aware that uses randomized trials to measure whether stricter enforcement and verification of work search behavior alone decreases unemployment claims and benefits paid in the U.S. unemployment insurance (UI) program. These experiments, which we implemented in four sites in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Tennessee, were designed to explicitly test claims based on nonexperimental data, summarized in Burgess and Kingston (1987), that a prime cause of overpayments is the failure of claimants to actively seek work. Our results provide no support for the view that the failure to actively search for work has been a cause of overpayments in the UI system.
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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2000
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Econometrics, 2005, 125 (1-2), 53-75
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- Ashenfelter, Orley & Ashmore, David & Deschenes, Olivier, 2005. "Do unemployment insurance recipients actively seek work? Evidence from randomized trials in four U.S. States," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 125(1-2), pages 53-75.
- C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
- J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2000-05-30 (All new papers)
- NEP-IAS-2000-05-30 (Insurance Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2000-05-30 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2000-05-30 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
- NEP-PBE-2000-05-30 (Public Economics)
- NEP-PUB-2000-05-30 (Public Finance)
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