Repeat Use of Unemployment Insurance

33 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2000

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Bruce D. Meyer

University of Chicago - Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Dan T. Rosenbaum

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 1996

Abstract

We examine the extent to which unemployment insurance (UI) insures workers against unforeseen events or subsidizes firms and workers engaged in temporary layoffs. Our main source of data is a 5- year panel of UI administrative records from five states. While most claimants receive UI only once during this period, nearly forty percent of claims go to those individuals with three or more years of receipt during the 5-year period. Most repeat recipients are concentrated in seasonal industries and are laid off by the same employer each time. We also find that middle-aged and high-paid workers are more likely to be repeat recipients, suggesting that workers in bad jobs are not the individuals who repeatedly receive UI.

Suggested Citation

Meyer, Bruce D. and Rosenbaum, Dan T., Repeat Use of Unemployment Insurance (January 1996). NBER Working Paper No. w5423. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=225483

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