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Experiments on Unemployment Benefit Sanctions and Job Search Behavior

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  • Boone, Jan

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    (Tilburg University)

  • Sadrieh, Abdolkarim

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    (Tilburg University)

  • van Ours, Jan C.

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    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

This paper presents the results of an experimental study on unemployment benefit sanctions. The experimental set-up allows us to distinguish between the effect of benefit sanctions once they are imposed (the ex post effect) and the effect that unemployed want to avoid getting a benefit sanction imposed (the ex ante effect). We find that both effects matter. Moreover, the ex ante effect turns out to be substantial and bigger than the ex post effect. Benefit sanctions stimulate the outflow from unemployment.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2004
Publication status: published in: European Economic Review, 2009, 53 (8), 937-951
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1000
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