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The Labor Market Effects of U.S. Reemployment Policy: Lessons from an Analysis of Four Programs during the Great Recession

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  • Peter Mueser

    () (University of Missouri)

  • Marios Michaelides

    () (University of Cyprus)

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We present experimental evidence on four U.S. reemployment programs targeting Unemployment Insurance (UI) recipients during the Great Recession. All programs reduced UI spells, produced UI savings that exceeded program costs, and increased employment rates. The services-referral program had the smallest effects, occurring because of voluntary participant exit from UI to avoid requirements. The two programs that reviewed participants’ UI eligibility produced higher effects because they induced voluntary exits and disqualified participants not engaged in active job search or for other reasons. The program requiring participation in both the eligibility review and job counseling services was the most effective, indicating that services improved participants’ job search efforts.

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  • Peter Mueser & Marios Michaelides, 2017. "The Labor Market Effects of U.S. Reemployment Policy: Lessons from an Analysis of Four Programs during the Great Recession," Working Papers 18-05, Department of Economics, University of Missouri.
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    Keywords

    Great Recession; job counseling; reemployment assistance; active labor market policies; eligibility review; unemployment; Unemployment Insurance; program evaluation;

    JEL classification:

    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers
    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods

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