The effects of UI benefits on unemployment and subsequent outcomes: Evidence from a kinked benefit rule

Julkaisu: VATT Working Papers 82

Päiväys: 27.12.2016


This paper analyzes the effects of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits on unemployment exits and subsequent labor market outcomes. We exploit a piecewise linear relationship between the previous wage and UI benefits in Finland to identify the causal effects of the benefit level by using a regression kink design. According to our findings, higher benefits lengthen nonemployment spells and decrease time spent in part-time unemployment, and thus result in more full-time unemployment. Also the re-employment probability and postunemployment wage are negatively affected. The results for the duration of the first post-unemployment job are not conclusive, but in total both employment and earnings in the two years following the beginning of the unemployment spell decrease with higher benefits.

Tutkimuksen pääteemat: Sosiaaliturva, verotus ja tulonjako Työmarkkinat ja koulutus

ISBN: 978-952-274-182-0

JEL: J64 J65