DP6711 Job Search Monitoring and Unemployment Duration: Evidence from a Randomised Control Trial
|Author(s):||John Micklewright, Gyula Nagy|
|Publication Date:||February 2008|
|Keyword(s):||field experiment, Hungary, job search, unemployment insurance|
|JEL(s):||J64, J65, P23|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=6711|
The administration of benefits is a relatively neglected aspect of the analysis of disincentive effects of unemployment benefit systems. We investigate this issue with a field experiment in Hungary involving random assignment of benefit claimants to treatment and control groups, a method of policy evaluation that is still rare in Europe. Treatment, involving a tightening of claim administration, has quite a large effect on durations on benefit of women aged 30 and over, while we find no effect for younger women or men.