35 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2004
Date Written: December 2004
It is often argued that the high level of welfare claims in Germany causes little incentive for workers with low productivity to seek for a job. We examine the influence of the ratio between estimated potential labor income and the welfare payment level on the probability of leaving social welfare. Using the GSOEP, we estimate a discrete time hazard rate model with competing risks and unobserved heterogeneity. Our results show that the ratio has a positive effect on the probability of leaving social welfare. This effect is especially relevant for households with a potential labor income higher than their welfare payment level.
Keywords: social welfare, labor supply, duration analysis
JEL Classification: I38, J64, C41
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Schneider, Hilmar and Uhlendorff, Arne, The Transition from Welfare to Work and the Role of Potential Labor Income (December 2004). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1420. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=632344