Duration Of Unemployment Benefits And Quality Of Post-unemployment Jobs : Evidence From A Natural Experiment

Author: Jan C. van Ours
Publisher: World Bank Publications
Keywords: unemployment, evidence, natural, experiment, jobs, post, benefits, quality, duration
Number of Pages: 33
Published: 2006
eBookDB-ID: 34346216161BG37A26271E69

Book Description:

This paper investigates how the potential duration of unemployment benefits affects the quality of post-unemployment jobs. It takes advantage of a natural experiment introduced by a change in Slovenia's unemployment insurance law that substantially reduced the potential benefit duration. Although this reduction strongly increased job finding rates, the quality of the post-unemployment jobs remained unaffected. The paper finds that the law change had no effect on the type of contract (temporary versus permanent), the duration of the post-unemployment job, or the wage earned in the job.

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