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Seek and Ye Shall Find: How Search Requirements Affect Job Finding Rates of Older Workers

  • Hullegie, Patrick


    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • van Ours, Jan C.


    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Unemployment insurance recipients in the Netherlands were for a long time exempted from the requirement to actively search for a job when they reached the age of 57.5. We study how this exemption affected the job finding rates of the recipients involved. We find evidence that the job finding rate of unemployed workers who were getting close to the age of 57.5 is reduced in anticipation of the removal of the search requirement. In addition we find a large negative effect on job finding rates of the actual removal of the search requirement. Apparently, even for persons with seemingly poor job prospects search requirements have a positive effect on finding rates.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7400.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: May 2013
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Publication status: published in De Economist, 2014, 162 (4), 377 - 395
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7400
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