Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/82249
Authors: 
Bennmarker, Helge
Nordström Skans, Oskar
Vikman, Ulrika
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy 2012:7
Abstract: 
We estimate the effects of conditioning benefits on program participation among older long-term unemployed workers. We exploit a Swedish reform which reduced UI duration from 90 to 60 weeks for a group of older unemployed workers in a setting where workers who exhausted their benefits received unchanged transfers if they agreed to participate in a work practice program. Our results show that job finding increased as a result of the shorter duration of passive benefits. The time profile of the job-finding effects suggests that the effects are due to deterrence effects during the program-entry phase. We find no evidence of wage reductions, suggesting that the increased job-finding rate was driven by increased search intensity rather than lower reservation wages.
Subjects: 
Activation
program evaluation
UI
duration
JEL: 
J64
J65
J68
J26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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