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Seek and Ye Shall Find: How Search Requirements Affect Job Finding Rates of Older Workers

Patrick Hullegie () and Jan van Ours ()
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Patrick Hullegie: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

No 7400, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Unemployment insurance recipients in the Netherlands were for a long time exempted from the requirement to actively search for a job when they reached the age of 57.5. We study how this exemption affected the job finding rates of the recipients involved. We find evidence that the job finding rate of unemployed workers who were getting close to the age of 57.5 is reduced in anticipation of the removal of the search requirement. In addition we find a large negative effect on job finding rates of the actual removal of the search requirement. Apparently, even for persons with seemingly poor job prospects search requirements have a positive effect on finding rates.

Keywords: job finding; unemployment benefits; eligibility criteria; older workers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C41 H55 J64 J65 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2013-05
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Published in De Economist, 2014, 162 (4), 377 - 395

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