Does Extending Unemployment Benefits Improve Job Quality?
Arash Nekoei and
Andrea Weber ()
No 10568, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers
Contrary to standard search model predictions, prior studies failed to estimate a positive effect of unemployment insurance (UI) on reemployment wages. This paper estimates a positive UI wage effect exploiting an age-based regression discontinuity in Austrian administrative data. A search model incorporating duration dependence determines the UI wage effect as the balance between two offsetting forces: UI causes agents to seek higher-wage jobs, but also reduces wages by lengthening unemployment. This implies a negative relationship between the UI unemployment duration and wage effects, which holds empirically both in our sample and across studies, reconciling disparate wage-effect estimates. Empirically, UI raises wages by improving reemployment firms’ quality and attenuating wage drops.
Keywords: job search; regression discontinuity design; unemployment insurance; wages (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H5 J3 J6 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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