Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/123443
Authors: 
Hertweck, Matthias S.
Sigrist, Oliver
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
WWZ Discussion Paper 2013/01
Abstract: 
This paper quantifies the impact of the Hartz reforms on matching efficiency, using monthly SOEP gross worker flows (1983-2009). We show that, until the early 2000s, close to 60% of changes in the unemployment rate are due to changes in the inflow rate (job separation). On the contrary, since the implementation of the reforms in the mid-2000s, the importance of the outflow rate (job finding) has been steadily increasing. This indicates that matching efficiency has improved substantially in recent years. Results from an estimated matching function — pointing to efficiency gains of more than 20% — corroborate this finding.
Subjects: 
SOEP gross worker flows
Hartz reform
matching efficiency
unemployment fluctuations
JEL: 
E24
E32
J63
J64
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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