Unemployment Benefits and Unemployment in the Great Recession: The Role of Equilibrium Effects
91 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2013 Last revised: 1 Oct 2019
Date Written: October 1, 2013
Equilibrium labor market theory suggests that unemployment benefit extensions affect unemployment by impacting both job search decisions by the unemployed and job creation decisions by employers. The existing empirical literature focused on the former effect only. We develop a new methodology necessary to incorporate the measurement of the latter effect. Implementing this methodology in the data, we find that benefit extensions raise equilibrium wages and lead to a sharp contraction in vacancy creation and employment and a rise in unemployment.
Keywords: unemployment insurance, unemployment, employment, vacancies, wages, search, matching
JEL Classification: E24, J63, J64, J65
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