Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/180148
Authors: 
Riphahn, Regina T.
Schrader, Rebecca
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
BGPE Discussion Paper 169
Abstract: 
We investigate whether a cut in unemployment benefit payout periods affected older workers' labor market transitions. We apply rich administrative data and exploit a difference-in-differences approach. We compare the reference group of 40-44 year olds with constant benefit payout periods to older treatment groups with reduced payout durations. For the latter job exit rates declined, job finding rates increased, the propensity to remain employed increased, and the propensity to remain unemployed declined after the reform. These patterns suggest that the reform of unemployment benefits may be one of the reasons behind the recent incredible rise in old age employment in Germany.
Subjects: 
labor force participation
employment
unemployment insurance
retirement
JEL: 
J14
J26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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