Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20517
Authors: 
Tatsiramos, Konstantinos
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 1253
Abstract: 
Conventional wisdom suggests that unemployment benefits create a stronger geographic attachment by lowering the willingness of the unemployed to accept job offers. We assess empirically the effect of benefits on geographic labour mobility using individual data from the European Community Household Panel for France, Germany, Spain, and the UK. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, we find that receiving benefits enhances mobility offsetting the negative effect of benefits on the incentives to move. We estimate binary choice panel data models controlling for unobserved heterogeneity using random and fixed effects. The results are invariant to the estimated model.
Subjects: 
geographic labour mobility
unemployment insurance
discrete choice panel data
JEL: 
J65
J61
C25
C23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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