van Ours, Jan C.

Duration of unemployment benefits and quality of post - unemployment jobs : evidence from a natural experiment - Washington, D.C. World Bank 2006 - 33 p. - Policy Research Working Paper, no. 4031 .

Includes bibliographical references

This paper investigates how the potential duration of unemployment benefits affects the quality of post-unemployment jobs. It takes advantage of a natural experiment introduced by a change in Slovenia's unemployment insurance law that substantially reduced the potential benefit duration. Although this reduction strongly increased job finding rates, the quality of the post-unemployment jobs remained unaffected. The paper finds that the law change had no effect on the type of contract (temporary versus permanent), the duration of the post-unemployment job, or the wage earned in the job.


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