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Unemployment Insurance in Theory and Practice

  • Holmlund, B.

A hallmark of modern labour economics is the close interplay between the development of theory, data sources and econometric testing. The evolution of the economic analysis of unemployment insurance (UI) provides a good illustration. The economics of UI has been a very active research area over the past 25 years or so. New theoretical approaches, in particular job-search theory, have inspired a large amount of empirical research, some of it methodologically innovative and most of it highly relevant for economic policy.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 380.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:auu:dpaper:380
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