Imperfect Monitoring of Job Search: Structural Estimation and Policy Design

36 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2017

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Bart Cockx

Ghent University - Sherppa - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; IRES, Université Catholique de Louvain; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Muriel Dejemeppe

Catholic University of Louvain - School of Economic and Social Research

Andrey Launov

University of Wuerzburg; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Bruno Van der Linden

Université Catholique de Louvain - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: January 2017

Abstract

We build and estimate a non-stationary structural job search model that incorporates the main stylized features of a typical job search monitoring scheme in unemployment insurance (UI) and acknowledges that search effort and requirements are measured imperfectly. Based on Belgian data, monitoring is found to affect search behavior only weakly, because (i) assessments were scheduled late and infrequently; (ii) the monitoring technology was not sufficiently precise, (iii) lenient Belgian UI results in caseloads that are less responsive to incentives than elsewhere. Simulations show how changing the aforementioned design features can enhance effectiveness and that precise monitoring is key in this.

Keywords: unemployment benefits, non-stationary job search, sanctions, monitoring, structural estimation

JEL Classification: J64, J68, C41

Suggested Citation

Cockx, Bart L. W. and Dejemeppe, Muriel and Launov, Andrey and Van der Linden, Bruno, Imperfect Monitoring of Job Search: Structural Estimation and Policy Design (January 2017). IZA Discussion Paper No. 10487. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2903109

Bart L. W. Cockx (Contact Author)

Ghent University - Sherppa - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

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