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Job Search Monitoring and Unemployment Duration in Hungary: Evidence from a Randomised Control Trial

John Micklewright () and Nagy Gyula ()
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Nagy Gyula: Department of Human Resources, Corvinus University of Budapest

No 509, Budapest Working Papers on the Labour Market from Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies

Abstract: The impact of the administration of unemployment benefits on time spent unemployed is a neglected issue in discussion of incentive effects in Central and Eastern Europe. We use Labour Force Survey data, ad-ministrative registers and inspection of benefit office practices to show that there is good reason to investigate this issue in Hungary. We then report on results from a field experiment of the impact of tightening the administration of benefits in which benefit claimants were randomly as-signed to treatment and control groups. Treatment has quite a large ef-fect on durations on benefit of women aged 30 and over while we find no effect for younger women or for men.

Keywords: experiment; job search; unemployment insurance; Hungary (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J64 J65 P23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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