Programme Evaluation of Unemployment Benefits in Japan: An Average Treatment Effect Approach

30 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2003

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Yasushi Ohkusa

Osaka University - Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER)

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Date Written: January 2003

Abstract

Empirical results show that unemployment benefits (UB) recipients significantly change to worse job conditions with respect to wages and firm size, but change to better job conditions with respect to occupation, position, industry, and residence. While the effects for occupation are not significant, UB recipients have a significant tendency to stay the same. In other words, results of other conditions imply that they reduce the reservation wage to get better conditions with respect to occupation, industry and residence. This means strong inertia in these aspects.

Keywords: Unemployment Benefits, Duration of Unemployment, Search Effort, Working Conditions, Nonparametric Propensity Score Matching Method, Average Treatment Effect

JEL Classification: J63, J64, J65

Suggested Citation

Ohkusa, Yasushi, Programme Evaluation of Unemployment Benefits in Japan: An Average Treatment Effect Approach (January 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=396960 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.396960

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