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Unemployment Benefits Caused Jobless Recoveries!?

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  • Stanislav Rabinovich

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Kurt Mitman

    (University of Pennsylvania)

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The last three recessions in the United States were followed by jobless recoveries: while labor productivity recovered, unemployment remained high. In this paper we propose and quantitatively evaluate a new explanation for this fact, namely that extensions of unemployment benefits in recessions slow down the recovery of employment. We are motivated by the fact that the duration of unemployment benefits is extended when the unemployment rate is high, and these extensions have become progressively more generous over time. We construct and calibrate an equilibrium search model of the labor market that incorporates these key features of the US unemployment insurance system. We find that the calibrated model is consistent with the facts that recoveries were not jobless prior to 1990 and became jobless thereafter.

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  • Stanislav Rabinovich & Kurt Mitman, 2012. "Unemployment Benefits Caused Jobless Recoveries!?," 2012 Meeting Papers 1112, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    1. Erica L. Groshen & Simon M. Potter, 2003. "Has structural change contributed to a jobless recovery?," Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, vol. 9(Aug).
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    1. Enoch Hill & Kai Ding, 2016. "Cautious Hiring," 2016 Meeting Papers 291, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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