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Shortening the Potential Duration of Unemployment Benefits Does Not Affect the Quality of Post-Unemployment Jobs: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

  • van Ours, Jan C.


    (Tilburg University)

  • Vodopivec, Milan


    (International School for Social and Business Studies, Celje, Slovenia)

This paper investigates how the potential duration of unemployment benefits affects the quality of post-unemployment jobs. It takes advantage of a natural experiment introduced by a change in Slovenia’s unemployment insurance law that substantially reduced the potential benefit duration. Although this reduction strongly increased job finding rates, the quality of the post-unemployment jobs remained unaffected: the paper finds that the law change had no effect on either the type of the contract (temporary vs. permanent), the duration of the post-unemployment jobs, or the wage earned in this job.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2171.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2171
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