Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/130498
Authors: 
Bolhaar, Jonneke
Ketel, Nadine
van der Klaauw, Bas
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 16-013/V
Abstract: 
This paper studies mandatory job-search periods for welfare applicants. During this period the benefits application is put on hold and the applicant is obliged to make job applications. We combine a randomized experiment with detailed administrative data to investigate the effects of imposing a job-search period. We find strong and persistent effects on the probability to collect welfare benefits. The reduced benefits are fully compensated by increased earnings from work. Furthermore, we do not find evidence of adverse consequences for the most vulnerable applicants. Our results therefore suggest that a job-search period is an effective instrument for targeting welfare-benefits applicants.
Subjects: 
job search
welfare-to-work
active labor-market policies
randomized experiment
JEL: 
C21
C93
I38
J64
J08
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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