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How Do Different Entitlements to Unemployment Benefits Affect the Transitions from Unemployment into Employment?

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  • John T. Addison
  • Pedro Portugal

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In Portugal duration of benefits is exclusively age determined while replacement rates are to all intents and purposes uniform. We exploit differences in potential maximum duration of benefits for nearly matched pairs of individuals who differ in age by one year and in potential maximum duration of benefits by three months. In specifications that take account of unobserved individual heterogeneity, while controlling for pure age effects on escape rates, we find that lower maximum benefit duration is associated with substantially higher quarterly rates of job finding in the range 53 to 106 per cent.

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Paper provided by Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department in its series Working Papers with number w200711.

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  1. Carneiro, Anabela & Portugal, Pedro & Varejão, José, 2013. "Catastrophic Job Destruction," IZA Discussion Papers 7670, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Centeno, Mario & Novo, Alvaro A., 2012. "Do Low-Wage Workers React Less to Longer Unemployment Benefits? Quasi-Experimental Evidence," IZA Discussion Papers 6992, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Stephan Dlugosz & Gesine Stephan & Ralf A. Wilke, . "Fixing the leak: Unemployment incidence before and after the 2006 reform of unemployment benefits in Germany," Discussion Papers 09/10, University of Nottingham, School of Economics.
  4. Pedro S. Martins & Sofia Pessoa e Costa, 2014. "Reemployment effects from increased activation: Evidence from times of crisis," Working Papers 52, Queen Mary, University of London, School of Business and Management, Centre for Globalisation Research.
  5. Marco Caliendo & Konstantinos Tatsiramos & Arne Uhlendorff, 2009. "Benefit Duration, Unemployment Duration and Job Match Quality: A Regression-Discontinuity Approach," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 967, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  6. Thomas Le Barbanchon, 2012. "The Effect of the Potential Duration of Unemployment Benefits on Unemployment Exits to Work and Match Quality in France," Working Papers 2012-21, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.

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