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The Threat of Monitoring Job Search: A Discontinuity Design

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  • Cockx, Bart

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    (Ghent University)

  • Dejemeppe, Muriel

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    (Université catholique de Louvain)

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Since July 2004 the job search effort of long-term unemployed benefit claimants is monitored in Belgium. We exploit the discontinuity in the treatment assignment at the age of 30 to evaluate the effect of a notification sent at least 8 months before job search is verified. The threat of monitoring increases transitions to employment, but of lower quality. In the less prosperous region, Wallonia, the impact is smaller, despite of the presence of specific counseling for the notified workers, and more heterogeneous. Moreover, in this region, the threat induces women to substitute sickness for unemployment benefits.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5337.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Keywords: grouped data; evaluation; regression-discontinuity; monitoring job-search; threat effect;

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  1. Bart Cockx & Muriel Dejemeppe & Andrey Launov & Bruno Van der Linden, 2011. "Monitoring, Sanctions and Front-Loading of Job Search in a Non-Stationary Model," CESifo Working Paper Series 3660, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Hullegie, P.G.J., 2012. "Essays on health and labor economics," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-5637283, Tilburg University.
  3. Cockx, Bart & Dejemeppe, Muriel, 2012. "Monitoring job search effort: An evaluation based on a regression discontinuity design," Labour Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 19(5), pages 729-737.

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