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The Impact of Unemployment Insurance Generosity on Match Quality Distribution


  • Mário Centeno
  • Álvaro A. Novo


This paper investigates the impact of unemployment insurance (UI) generosity on the distribution of match tenure. We show that more generous UI increases expected tenure, reducing the mass of the lower tail of match duration and increasing the duration of matches available. This impact is differentiated across education levels, with the larger benefits accruing to the less educated.

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  • Mário Centeno & Álvaro A. Novo, 2006. "The Impact of Unemployment Insurance Generosity on Match Quality Distribution," Working Papers w200612, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:ptu:wpaper:w200612

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    1. Mário Centeno & Álvaro A. Novo, 2007. "The Regressivity of Unemployment Insurance: Identification of the Income Effect Through the July 1999 Legislation," Economic Bulletin and Financial Stability Report Articles, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.
    2. Gerards, Ruud & Welters, Ricardo, 2016. "Impact of financial pressure on unemployed job search, job find success and job quality," ROA Research Memorandum 008, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).
    3. Moyen, Stéphane & Stähler, Nikolai, 2009. "Unemployment insurance and the business cycle: prolong benefit entitlements in bad times?," Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies 2009,30, Deutsche Bundesbank.

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    JEL classification:

    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings


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