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The Effect of Benefit Sanctions on the Duration of Unemployment

Rafael Lalive (), Jan van Ours () and Josef Zweim�ller
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Josef Zweimüller ()

No 110, IEW - Working Papers from Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich

Abstract: This paper investigates the effectiveness of benefit sanctions in reducing unemployment duration. Data from the Swiss labor market allow making a distinction between the effect of a warning that a person is not complying with eligibility requirements and the effect of the actual enforcement of a benefit sanction. We find that both warning and enforcement have a positive effect on the exit rate out of unemployment. Moreover, the stricter the sanction policy the shorter is the duration of unemployment of the non-sanctioned. This can be taken as evidence of a strong ex-ante effect of a strict sanction policy.

Keywords: Unemployment duration; benefit sanctions; monitoring. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J64 J65 J68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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