Does Job Search Monitoring Intensity Affect Unemployment? Evidence from Northern Ireland

18 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2010

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Duncan McVicar

Queen's University Belfast; Queen's University Belfast - Queen's Management School

Date Written: 2008-06-10

Abstract

Because unemployment benefit reforms typically package together a number of changes, few existing evaluations have been able to isolate the effects of changes in job search monitoring intensity on benefit recipient stocks or flows. Those few studies that do so draw mixed conclusions. This paper provides new estimates of monitoring impacts by exploiting plausibly exogenous periods where search monitoring has been temporarily withdrawn – with the regime otherwise unchanged – during a series of benefit office refurbishments in Northern Ireland. As we would expect from search theory, withdrawal of monitoring significantly increases the stock of unemployment benefit recipients via reduced outflows.

Suggested Citation

McVicar, Duncan, Does Job Search Monitoring Intensity Affect Unemployment? Evidence from Northern Ireland (2008-06-10). Economica, Vol. 77, Issue 306, pp. 296-313, April 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1562134 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2008.00747.x

Duncan McVicar (Contact Author)

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Queen's University Belfast - Queen's Management School

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Belfast, BT9 5EE
United Kingdom

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