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The Effect of Benefit Sanctions on the Duration of Unemployment

  • Lalive, Rafael


    (University of Lausanne)

  • van Ours, Jan C.


    (Tilburg University)

  • Zweimüller, Josef


    (University of Zurich)

This paper investigates the effectiveness of benefit sanctions in reducing unemployment duration. Data from the Swiss labor market allow making a distinction between the effect of a warning that a person is not complying with eligibility requirements and the effect of the actual enforcement of a benefit sanction. We find that both warning and enforcement have a positive effect on the exit rate out of unemployment. Moreover, the stricter the sanction policy the shorter is the duration of unemployment of the non-sanctioned. This can be taken as evidence of a strong ex-ante effect of a strict sanction policy.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 469.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2002
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Publication status: published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2005, 3 (6), 1386-1417
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp469
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  1. Dan A. Black & Jeffrey A. Smith & Mark C. Berger & Brett J. Noel, 1999. "Is the Threat of Training More Effective Than Training Itself? Experimental Evidence from the UI System," UWO Department of Economics Working Papers 9913, University of Western Ontario, Department of Economics.
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