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The Long-Run Effects of Unemployment Monitoring and Work-Search Programs: Experimental Evidence from the United Kingdom

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  • Peter Dolton

    (University of Newcastle)

  • Donal O'Neill

    (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

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This article examines the long-run effects of the Restart unemployment program in the United Kingdom. The program, aimed at the long-term unemployed, involved a combination of tighter monitoring of benefit eligibility rules and increased job search assistance. We compare the employment behavior of a treatment group who participated in the scheme with that of a randomly chosen control group for whom participation was delayed. While there is little evidence of a long-term benefit for women, the unemployment rate among males in the treatment group was six percentage points lower than that of the control group 5 years after the initial experiment.

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  • Peter Dolton & Donal O'Neill, 2002. "The Long-Run Effects of Unemployment Monitoring and Work-Search Programs: Experimental Evidence from the United Kingdom," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 20(2), pages 381-403, Part.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:20:y:2002:i:2:p:381-403
    DOI: 10.1086/338686
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