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The Effect Of Benefit Sanctions On The Duration Of Unemployment

  • Rafael Lalive

    (University of Zurich,)

  • Jan C. van Ours

    (Tilburg University,)

  • Josef Zweimüller

    (University of Zurich,)

This paper investigates the effectiveness of unemployment benefit sanctions in reducing unem-ployment duration. Swiss data on benefit sanctions allow us to separate the effect of a warning that a person is not complying with eligibility requirements from the effect of the actual enforce-ment of a benefit sanction. Moreover, public employment services are given substantial leeway in setting the monitoring intensity. Results indicate that both warning and enforcement have a positive effect on the exit rate out of unemployment, and that increasing the monitoring intensity reduces the duration of unemployment of the nonsanctioned. (JEL: J64, J65, J68) Copyright (c) 2005 by the European Economic Association.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Journal of the European Economic Association.

Volume (Year): 3 (2005)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 1386-1417

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Handle: RePEc:tpr:jeurec:v:3:y:2005:i:6:p:1386-1417
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