Job Search Requirements for Older Unemployed: Transitions to Employment, Early Retirement and Disability Benefits

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Hans Bloemen

VU University Amsterdam; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Tinbergen Institute; Netspar

Stefan Hochguertel

VU University Amsterdam; Tinbergen Institute

Marloes Lammers

VU University Amsterdam; Tinbergen Institute; Netspar

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Date Written: October 1, 2012

Abstract

We use a recent policy change in the Netherlands to study how changes in search requirements for the older unemployed affect their transition rates to employment, early retirement and sickness/disability benefits. The reform, becoming effective on January 1st 2004, requires the elderly to formally report their job search efforts to the employment office in order to avoid a (temporary) cut in benefits. Before the new law was passed, unemployed individuals were allowed to stop all search activity at the moment they turned 57.5. Estimating various duration models using difference-in-difference and regression discontinuity approaches, we find that for several groups of individuals who are affected by the policy change, the stricter search requirements significantly increases their entry rate into employment. However, we also find evidence of a higher outflow to sickness/disability insurance schemes, a presumably unwanted side-effect of the policy change.

Keywords: duration analysis, policy evaluation, search effort, substitution

JEL Classification: C41, J26, J64, J68

Suggested Citation

Bloemen, Hans and Hochguertel, Stefan and Lammers, Marloes, Job Search Requirements for Older Unemployed: Transitions to Employment, Early Retirement and Disability Benefits (October 1, 2012). Netspar Discussion Paper No. 01/2011-002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1754937 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1754937

Hans Bloemen

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Stefan Hochguertel

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Marloes Lammers (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

Tinbergen Institute

Gustav Mahlerplein 117
Amsterdam, 1082 MS
Netherlands

Netspar

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Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

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