The German Labor Market Reforms and Post-Unemployment Earnings
27 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2015
Date Written: July 2015
In 2003–05, Germany undertook extensive labor market reforms which were followed by a large and persistent decline in unemployment. Key elements of the reforms were a drastic cut in benefits for the long-term unemployed and tighter job search and acceptance obligations. Using a large confidential data set from the German social security administration, we find that the reforms were associated with a fall in the earnings of workers returning to work from short-term unemployment relative to workers in long-term employment of about 10 percent. We interpret this as evidence that the reforms strengthened incentives to return to work but, in doing so, they adversely affected post re-entry earnings.
Keywords: labor market, workers, labor, unemployment benefits, Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search, Germany.,
JEL Classification: E21, J64, J65
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