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How Changes in Benefits Entitlement Affect the Duration of Unemployment

  • van Ours, Jan C
  • Vodopivec, Milan

This paper investigates the disincentive effects of the potential duration of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. The disincentive effects are identified by exploiting changes in the UI system in Slovenia, which involved substantial reductions in the potential benefit duration and had characteristics of a ‘natural experiment’. We find that the change had a positive effect on the exit rate out of unemployment – both to employment and to other destinations – at various durations of unemployment spells and for many categories of unemployed workers.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 4962.

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Date of creation: Mar 2005
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:4962
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