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The Relationship between Unemployment Benefits and Re-employment Probabilities: Evidence from Spain

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  • Stephen P. Jenkins
  • Carlos GarcÌa-Serrano

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We provide the first Spanish evidence about the effects on re-employment probabilities of variations in benefit levels and time-to-exhaustion. Increases in unemployment insurance (UI) benefit levels had a small disincentive effect on the re-employment hazard on average. Around this average, there were larger disincentive effects for men with elapsed durations between 4 and 18 months, whereas for men unemployed longer than 18 months, or for men resident in the south, the effect was negligible. Re-employment hazards increased when UI exhaustion was imminent, but the change was small. Extensions to unemployment assistance eligibility in 1989 for men aged 45+ years lowered re-employment probabilities. Copyright 2004 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Stephen P. Jenkins & Carlos GarcÌa-Serrano, 2004. "The Relationship between Unemployment Benefits and Re-employment Probabilities: Evidence from Spain," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 66(2), pages 239-260, May.
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