The Effect of Unemployment Insurance Sanctions on the Transition Rate from Unemployment to Employment

29 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2005  

Jaap H. Abbring

Tilburg University - Department of Econometrics & Operations Research; Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER); Tinbergen Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Gerard J. van den Berg

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Tinbergen Institute

Jan C. van Ours

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

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Abstract

Sanctions or punitive benefits reductions are increasingly used as a tool to enforce compliance of unemployment insurance claimants with search requirements. This article analyses sanctions using a unique administrative data set of individuals who started collecting unemployment insurance in the Netherlands in 1992. After correction for selectivity in the imposition of sanctions, we find that sanctions substantially raise individual re-employment rates.

Suggested Citation

Abbring, Jaap H. and van den Berg, Gerard J. and van Ours, Jan C., The Effect of Unemployment Insurance Sanctions on the Transition Rate from Unemployment to Employment. Economic Journal, Vol. 115, No. 505, pp. 602-630, July 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=760511

Jaap H. Abbring (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - Department of Econometrics & Operations Research ( email )

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Netherlands

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Netherlands

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Tinbergen Institute

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Gerard J. Van den Berg

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics ( email )

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Netherlands
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+32 20 444 6020 (Fax)

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Tinbergen Institute

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Rotterdam, 3062 PA
Netherlands

Jan C. Van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
+31 13 466 2880 (Phone)
+31 13 466 3042 (Fax)

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010
Australia

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