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Experiments on Unemployment Benefit Sanctions and Job Search Behavior

32 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2004  

Jan Boone

Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; TILEC

Abdolkarim Sadrieh

University of Magdeburg

Jan C. van Ours

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

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Date Written: March 2004

Abstract

This Paper presents the results of an experimental study on unemployment benefit sanctions. The experimental set-up allows us to distinguish between the effects of benefit sanctions once they are imposed (the ex post effect) and the effects that discourage the unemployed from risking benefit sanctions (the ex ante effect). We find that both effects matter. Moreover, the ex ante effect turns out to be substantial and bigger than the ex post effect. Benefits sanctions stimulate the outflow from unemployment.

Keywords: Unemployment benefits, sanctions, experiments, job search

JEL Classification: C91, J64, J65

Suggested Citation

Boone, Jan and Sadrieh, Abdolkarim and van Ours, Jan C., Experiments on Unemployment Benefit Sanctions and Job Search Behavior (March 2004). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 4298. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=516064

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Jan C. Van Ours

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