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Unemployment Duration, Incentives and Institutions - A Micro-Econometric Analysis Based on Scandinavian Data

  • Røed, Knut

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    (The Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research)

  • Jensen, Peter

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    (Department of Economics, The Aarhus School of Business, Denmark)

  • Thoursie, Anna

    ()

    (Swedish Institute for Social Research, Swedish Trade Union Confederation)

Based on a combined register database for Norwegian and Swedish unemployment spells, we use the ‘between-countries-variation’ in the unemployment insurance systems to identify causal effects. The elasticity of the job hazard rate with respect to the benefit replacement ratio is around -1.0 in Norway and -0.5 in Sweden. The limited benefit duration period in Sweden has a large positive impact on the hazard rate, despite generous renewal options through participation in labour market programs. Compulsory program participation seems to operate as a ‘stick’, rather than a ‘carrot’, and is therefore an efficienttool for counteracting moral hazard problems in the benefit system.

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Paper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 09/2002.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 16 Jun 2003
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:2002_009
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