Seek and Ye Shall Find: How Search Requirements Affect Job Finding Rates of Older Workers

CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2013-028

27 Pages Posted: 14 May 2013

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Patrick Hullegie

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics

Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

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Date Written: May 13, 2013

Abstract

Unemployment insurance recipients in the Netherlands were for a long time exempted from the requirement to actively search for a job when they reached the age of 57.5. We study how this exemption affected the job finding rates of the recipients involved. We find evidence that the job finding rate of unemployed workers who were getting close to the age of 57.5 is reduced in anticipation of the removal of the search requirement. In addition we find a large negative effect on job finding rates of the actual removal of the search requirement. Apparently, even for persons with seemingly poor job prospects search requirements have a positive effect on finding rates.

Keywords: eligibility criteria, unemployment benefits, job finding, older workers

JEL Classification: C41, H55, J64, J65

Suggested Citation

Hullegie, Patrick and van Ours, Jan C., Seek and Ye Shall Find: How Search Requirements Affect Job Finding Rates of Older Workers (May 13, 2013). CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2013-028. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2264015 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2264015

Patrick Hullegie (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics ( email )

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Netherlands

Jan C. Van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
+31 13 466 2880 (Phone)
+31 13 466 3042 (Fax)

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010
Australia

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