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Job Search Monitoring and Unemployment Duration: Evidence from a Randomised Control Trial

  • Micklewright, John
  • Nagy, Gyula

The administration of benefits is a relatively neglected aspect of the analysis of disincentive effects of unemployment benefit systems. We investigate this issue with a field experiment in Hungary involving random assignment of benefit claimants to treatment and control groups, a method of policy evaluation that is still rare in Europe. Treatment, involving a tightening of claim administration, has quite a large effect on durations on benefit of women aged 30 and over, while we find no effect for younger women or men.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 6711.

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Date of creation: Feb 2008
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:6711
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