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The effect of monitoring unemployment insurance recipients on unemployment duration: evidence from a field experiment

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  • John Micklewright

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    (Depatment of Quantitative Social Science - Institute of Education, University of London.)

  • Gyula Nagy

    (Department of Human Resources, Corvinus University of Budapest)

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Programme administration is a relatively neglected issue in the analysis of disincentive effects of unemployment benefit systems. We investigate this issue with a field experiment in Hungary involving random assignment of benefit claimants to treatment and control groups. Treatment increases the monitoring of claims - claimants make more frequent visits to the employment office and face questioning about their search behaviour. Treatment has quite a large effect on durations on benefit of women aged 30 and over, while we find no effect for younger women or men.

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Paper provided by Department of Quantitative Social Science - Institute of Education, University of London in its series DoQSS Working Papers with number 09-02.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 26 Nov 2009
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Publication status: forthcoming in Labour Economics
Handle: RePEc:qss:dqsswp:0902

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Keywords: field experiment; monitoring; job search; unemployment insurance; Hungary;

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