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An Empirical Evidence of Moral Hazard due to Unemployment Benefits

  • Ohkusa, Y.
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    This paper examines how the unemployment benefit (UB) affects the intensity or search effort of the unemployed, which is measured by the workin conditions of a new job resultin from search behavior, controllin for the endo eneity of the duration of unemployment. Estimation results show that the hirin probability of UB recipients is si nificantly lower than that of non-recipients, with the ma nitude bein approximately halved. Additionally, the workin conditions of new jobs of UB recipients are si nificantly worse than those of non-recipients with re ard to wa es, occupation and firm size.

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    Paper provided by Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University in its series ISER Discussion Paper with number 0511.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:dpr:wpaper:0511
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    1. Moffitt, Robert, 1985. "Unemployment insurance and the distribution of unemployment spells," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 28(1), pages 85-101, April.
    2. Katz, Lawrence F. & Meyer, Bruce D., 1990. "The impact of the potential duration of unemployment benefits on the duration of unemployment," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 45-72, February.
    3. Christofides, Louis N. & McKenna, C. J., 1995. "Unemployment insurance and moral hazard in employment," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 205-210, August.
    4. Ehrenberg, Ronald G & Oaxaca, Ronald L, 1976. "Unemployment Insurance, Duration of Unemployment, and Subsequent Wage Gain," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 66(5), pages 754-66, December.
    5. Narendranathan, W & Nickell, S & Stern, J, 1985. "Unemployment Benefits Revisited," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 95(378), pages 307-29, June.
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