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How long and how much? Learning about the design of wage subsidies from policy changes and discontinuities

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  • Sjögren, Anna
  • Vikström, Johan

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Employment and wage subsidies are used to combat long-term unemployment, yet there is little research to guide the design of such programs. Discontinuities and changes in the design and implementation of wage subsidies under the Swedish New Start Jobs-policy allow us to study effects of both subsidy rate and subsidy duration. We find that wage subsidies have substantial effect on job-finding rates for those eligible. The effect is stronger for larger subsidies and more than doubles as the length of the subsidy doubles. Although employment drops as subsidies expire, the probability of being employed remains higher for workers finding subsidized employment also after the expiry of the employment subsidies.

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  • Sjögren, Anna & Vikström, Johan, 2015. "How long and how much? Learning about the design of wage subsidies from policy changes and discontinuities," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 127-137.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:labeco:v:34:y:2015:i:c:p:127-137
    DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2015.03.009
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    1. Nordström Skans, Oskar & Vikström, Johan & Lombardi, Stefano, 2018. "Wage subsidies, job-displacement and Swedish firms: A comparison between policy systems," Working Paper Series 2018:6, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.

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    Keywords

    Wage-subsidies; Subsidy duration; Unemployment duration; Subsidy rate; Policy design; Long-term employment;

    JEL classification:

    • J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy

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