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Type Working Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Unemployment insurance and the labor market
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  • Josef Zweimüller
  • English
Institution University of Zurich
Series Name Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number 276
ISSN 1664-7041
Number of Pages 32
Date 2018
Abstract Text The existing literature assumes that unemployment insurance (UI) affects the labor market through the job finding rate of eligible workers. I argue that this focus is too narrow. I show evidence for UI effects through three other margins: (i) search externalities; (ii) takeup of other welfare state programs; and (iii) job separations. This suggests that the analysis of optimal UI should take a more comprehensive view of how UI affects the labor market.
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Keywords Unemployment insurance, extended benefits, unemployment duration, unemployment inflow, layoffs, disability insurance, optimal benefits, Arbeitslosenversicherung,Wirkung, Stellensuche, Sozialversicherung, Kündigung