Shortening the Potential Duration of Unemployment Benefits Does Not Affect the Quality of Post-Unemployment Jobs: Evidence from a Natural Experiment
Jan C. Van Ours
Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics
World Bank - Human Development Network; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2171
CentER Discussion Paper No. 2006-56
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 either the type of the contract (temporary vs. permanent), the duration of the post-unemployment jobs, or the wage earned in this job.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: unemployment insurance, potential benefit duration, job separation rates
JEL Classification: C41, H55, J64, J65
Date posted: July 24, 2006
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