The Aggregate Effects of the Hartz Reforms in Germany
42 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2013
Date Written: January 1, 2013
This paper quantifies the impact of the Hartz reforms on matching efficiency, using monthly SOEP gross worker flows (1983-2009). We show that, until the early 2000s, close to 60% of changes in the unemployment rate are due to changes in the inflow rate (job separation). On the contrary, since the implementation of the reforms in the mid-2000s, the importance of the outflow rate (job finding) has been steadily increasing. This indicates that matching efficiency has improved substantially in recent years. Results from an estimated matching function — pointing to efficiency gains of more than 20% — corroborate this finding.
Keywords: SOEP gross worker flows, Hartz reforms, matching efficiency, unemployment fluctuations
JEL Classification: E24, E32, J63, J64
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