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Title:Do Unemployment Insurance Recipients Actively Seek Work? Evidence From Randomized Trials in Four U.S. States PDF Logo
Authors:Deschênes, Olivier
Ashmore, David
Ashenfelter, Orley C.
Issue Date:2000
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 128
Abstract:In this paper we report the results of the only field test of which we are aware that uses randomized trials to measure whether stricter enforcement and verification of work search behavior alone decreases unemployment claims and benefits paid in the U.S. unemployment insurance (UI) program. These experiments, which we implemented in four sites in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Tennessee, were designed to explicitly test claims based on nonexperimental data, summarized in Burgess and Kingston (1987), that a prime cause of overpayments is the failure of claimants to actively seek work. Our results provide no support for the view that the failure to actively search for work has been a cause of overpayments in the UI system.
Subjects:Social experiment
overpayment
work-search requirement
JEL:C93
J65
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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