Unemployment Benefits In A Period Of Crisis: The Effect On Unemployment Duration
AbstractThe current study shows that the disincentive effects of unemployment benefits exist even during a period of deep recession. The study uses recent data for unemployment benefit recipients in Estonia – a country where the rise in unemployment during the global financial crisis was the highest in the entire European Union. Both a higher benefit level and a longer maximum duration of benefits decrease exits from unemployment to employment. Yet, compared to the pre-crisis period, the effects of unemployment benefits are slightly milder and more homogenous. In addition, unemployed people directed to active measures tend to exhibit a lower hazard of leaving unemployment just before the period of an active measure and during the period of receiving an active measure.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu (Estonia) in its series University of Tartu - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Working Paper Series with number 82.
Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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unemployment benefits; disincentive effects; economic crisis; Estonia;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
- J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings
- C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies
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