DP5741 Shortening the Potential Duration of Unemployment Benefits Does Not Affect the Quality of Post-Unemployment Jobs: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

Author(s): Jan C. van Ours, Milan Vodopivec
Publication Date: July 2006
Keyword(s): job separation rates, post-unemployment wages, potential benefit duration, unemployment insurance
JEL(s): C41, H55, J64, J65
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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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 either the type of the contract (temporary vs. permanent), the duration of the post-unemployment jobs, or the wage earned in this job.