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An Empirical Evidence of Moral Hazard due to Unemployment Benefits

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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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  • Ohkusa, Y., 2000. "An Empirical Evidence of Moral Hazard due to Unemployment Benefits," ISER Discussion Paper 0511, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
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    1. Yasushi Ohkusa, 2003. "Programme Evaluation of Unemployment Benefits in Japan: An Average Treatment Effect Approach," ISER Discussion Paper 0570, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
    2. Ohkusa, Yasushi, 2004. "Programme evaluation of unemployment benefits in Japan: An average treatment effect approach," Japan and the World Economy, Elsevier, vol. 16(1), pages 95-111, January.

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    Keywords

    UNEMPLOYMENT ; WORKING CONDITIONS ; WAGES;

    JEL classification:

    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings

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