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Cash-on-Hand and the duration of job search. Quasi-experimental evidence from Norway

Christoph Basten, Andreas Fagereng () and Kjetil Telle

Discussion Papers from Statistics Norway, Research Department

Abstract: We identify the causal effect of lump-sum severance payments on non-employment duration in Norway by exploiting a discontinuity in eligibility at age 50. We find that a severance payment worth 1.2 months' earnings at the median lowers the fraction re-employed after a year by six percentage points. Data on household wealth enable us to verify that the effect is decreasing in prior wealth, which supports the view that the severance pay effect should be interpreted as evidence of liquidity constraints. Finding liquidity constraints in Norway, despite its equitable wealth distribution and generous welfare state, means they are likely to exist also in other countries.

Keywords: Unemployment; Optimal Unemployment Insurance; Liq-uidity Constraints; Mental Accounting; Severance Pay; Regression Dis-continuity Design (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C41 E21 E24 J65 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-02
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