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Imperfect Monitoring of Job Search: Structural Estimation and Policy Design

Bart Cockx (), Muriel Dejemeppe (), Andrey Launov () and Bruno Van der Linden ()

Journal of Labor Economics, 2018, vol. 36, issue 1, 75 - 120

Abstract: We build and estimate a nonstationary structural job search model that incorporates the main stylized features of a typical job search monitoring scheme in unemployment insurance (UI) and acknowledges that search effort and requirements are measured imperfectly. On the basis of Belgian data, monitoring is found to affect search behavior only weakly because assessments were scheduled late and infrequently, the monitoring technology was not sufficiently precise, and lenient Belgian UI results in caseloads that are less responsive to incentives than elsewhere. Simulations show how changing the aforementioned design features can enhance effectiveness and that precise monitoring is key in this.

Date: 2018
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