Strengthening Unemployment Insurance for the 21st Century: An Agenda for Future Research

Unemployment Insurance Brief No. 1, January 2011

8 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2011

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Stephen Woodbury

Michigan State University; W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Margaret Simms

The Urban Institute

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

The Great Recession has placed unusual demands and stress on the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program and revealed problems in the system’s adequacy, coverage, funding, reemployment services, and administration. This brief presents an agenda of research questions that a panel of experts believe must be addressed in order to improve the UI program. It is the product of a national roundtable on Strengthening Unemployment Insurance for the 21st Century, convened by the National Academy of Social Insurance in Washington, DC, on July 13, 2010, and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and the Direct Employers Association. The event brought together about 70 government officials, legislative staff, researchers, employer and worker representatives, and others. This brief elaborates on the research questions identified by the roundtable as essential to improving the UI program.

Keywords: Unemployment Insurance

Suggested Citation

Woodbury, Stephen and Simms, Margaret, Strengthening Unemployment Insurance for the 21st Century: An Agenda for Future Research (January 1, 2011). Unemployment Insurance Brief No. 1, January 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1760026

Stephen Woodbury (Contact Author)

Michigan State University ( email )

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W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research ( email )

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Margaret Simms

The Urban Institute ( email )

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Washington, DC 20037
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