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Monitoring, Sanctions and Front-Loading of Job Search in a Non-Stationary Model

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  • Cockx, Bart

    (Ghent University)

  • Dejemeppe, Muriel

    (Université catholique de Louvain)

  • Launov, Andrey

    (University of Kent)

  • Van der Linden, Bruno

    (IRES, Université catholique de Louvain)

Abstract

We develop and estimate a non-stationary job search model to evaluate a scheme that monitors job search effort and sanctions insured unemployed whose effort is deemed insufficient. The model reveals that such schemes provide incentives to the unemployed to front-load search effort prior to monitoring. This causes the job finding rate to increase above the post sanction level. After validating the model both internally and externally, we conclude that the scheme is effective in raising the job finding rate with minor wage losses. A basic cost-benefit analysis demonstrates that welfare losses for the unemployed are compensated by net efficiency gains for public authorities and society.

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  • Cockx, Bart & Dejemeppe, Muriel & Launov, Andrey & Van der Linden, Bruno, 2011. "Monitoring, Sanctions and Front-Loading of Job Search in a Non-Stationary Model," IZA Discussion Papers 6181, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    monitoring; sanctions; non-stationary job search; unemployment benefits; structural estimation;
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    JEL classification:

    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy
    • C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies

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