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Does reducing unemployment insurance generosity reduce job match quality?

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  • van Ours, Jan C.
  • Vodopivec, Milan

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This paper analyzes how a change in Slovenia's unemployment insurance law affected the quality of jobs workers found after periods of unemployment. Taking advantage the "natural experiment" we show through difference-in-differences estimation results that reducing the potential duration of unemployment benefits had no detectable effect on wages, on the probability of securing a permanent rather than a temporary job, or on the duration of the post-unemployment job.

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  • van Ours, Jan C. & Vodopivec, Milan, 2008. "Does reducing unemployment insurance generosity reduce job match quality?," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 92(3-4), pages 684-695, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:92:y:2008:i:3-4:p:684-695
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