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The effect of the potential duration of unemployment benefits on unemployment exits to work and match quality in France

Thomas Le Barbanchon ()

Labour Economics, 2016, vol. 42, issue C, 16-29

Abstract: Recent empirical literature finds very limited average effects of generous unemployment benefits on match quality. This study examines those effects in a setting where they could be large. We focus on workers with low employability and evaluate the impact of a large increase in potential benefit duration from 7 to 15months. Our regression discontinuity design does not elicit significant short-term or medium-term effects on either employment duration or wages, whereas we find large positive effects on unemployment and non-employment duration.

Keywords: Unemployment benefits; Job match quality; Regression discontinuity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J64 J65 C41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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