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Labor Supply and Matching Rates for Welfare Recipients: An Analysis Using Neighborhood Characteristics

  • van der Klaauw, Bas

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    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • van Ours, Jan C.

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    (Tilburg University)

This paper investigates how in addition to personal characteristics the neighborhood affects the individual transition rate from welfare to work. We use a unique administrative database on welfare recipients in Rotterdam, the second largest city of The Netherlands. We find that the exit rate to work of young Dutch welfare recipients is influenced by the neighborhood unemployment rate. Other neighborhood characteristics such as the average housing price are not important. From this we conclude that for young Dutch welfare recipients a high local unemployment rate has a negative spillover effect on the transition from welfare to work.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 102.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2000
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2003, 87 (5), 957-985
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp102
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