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Delayed Collection of Unemployment Insurance in Recessions

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  • Xie, Zoe

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Using variations in unemployment insurance policies over time and across U.S. states, this paper provides evidence that allowing unemployed workers to delay the collection of benefits increases their job-finding rate. In a model with discrete job take-up decisions, benefit entitlement, wage-indexed benefits, and heterogeneous job types, I demonstrate that the policy can increase an unemployed worker's willingness to work, even though more benefits in general reduce the relative value of employment. In a calibrated quantitative model, I find that allowing delayed benefit collection increases the overall job finding rates and may lower the unemployment rate both in a steady state stationary economy and over a transition path during 2008–12.

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  • Xie, Zoe, 2019. "Delayed Collection of Unemployment Insurance in Recessions," FRB Atlanta Working Paper 2019-14, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedawp:2019-14
    DOI: 10.29338/wp2019-14
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    Keywords

    health; frailty index; life cycle profiles;

    JEL classification:

    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings

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