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Effects of employer-provided severance benefits on reemployment outcomes

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  • Yolanda K. Kodrzycki

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Surveys have shown that many employers offer severance packages to their laid-off workers and that severance pay provides substantial income for many people displaced from long-time jobs. Yet little, if anything , is known about the effects of severance pay. Does it lead people to alter the intensity of their job search or their decisions to take advantage of retraining opportunities? Does it enable them to hold out for better-paying jobs? ; The author forges new ground with this study by combining information from an administrative data base on displaced workers from Massachusetts that includes the names of their previous employers with severance plan summaries obtained from a subset of these employers. She finds that severance recipients in Massachusetts returned to work more slowly than nonrecipients in the early 1990's, even after adjusting for other factors such as local unemployment rates and demographic characteristics that may have played an independent role. Severance benefits had some positive impact on enrollments in remedial and basic education programs but no consequences for reemployment pay.

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  • Yolanda K. Kodrzycki, 1998. "Effects of employer-provided severance benefits on reemployment outcomes," New England Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, issue Nov, pages 41-68.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedbne:y:1998:i:nov:p:41-68
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    1. Boeri, Tito & Garibaldi, Pietro & Moen, Espen R., 2017. "Inside severance pay," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 145(C), pages 211-225.
    2. Christian Grund, 2006. "Severance payments for dismissed employees in Germany," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 22(1), pages 49-71, July.
    3. Yolanda Kodrzycki, 2007. "Using unexpected recalls to examine the long-term earnings effects of job displacement," Working Papers 07-2, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
    4. Ying L. Compton & Angela K. Gore & Susan L. Kulp, 2017. "Compensation design and political risk: the case of city managers," Review of Accounting Studies, Springer, vol. 22(1), pages 109-140, March.
    5. Christian Grund, 2004. "Severance Payments for Dismissed Employees Severance Payments for Dismissed Employees in Germany," Bonn Econ Discussion Papers bgse4_2004, University of Bonn, Germany.
    6. Raj Chetty, 2008. "Moral Hazard vs. Liquidity and Optimal Unemployment Insurance," NBER Working Papers 13967, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    7. Raj Chetty, 2008. "Erratum: Moral Hazard versus Liquidity and Optimal Unemployment Insurance," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 116(6), pages 1197-1197, December.
    8. Boeri, Tito & Garibaldi, Pietro & Moen, Espen R, 2014. "Severance Pay," CEPR Discussion Papers 10182, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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