Extended Benefits and the Duration of UI Spells : Evidence from the New Jersey Extended Benefit Program

@inproceedings{Card2000ExtendedBA,
  title={Extended Benefits and the Duration of UI Spells : Evidence from the New Jersey Extended Benefit Program},
  author={David Card and Phillip B Levine},
  year={2000}
}
This paper examines the impact on the duration of unemployment insurance receipt of a politically motivated program that offered 13 weeks of ‘extended benefits’ for 6 months in 1996. Using state-level data and individual administrative records from before, during and after the program, we find that it raised the fraction of claimants who exhausted their regular benefits by 1–3 percentage points. Had the program run long enough to affect claimants from the first day of their spell, the fraction… CONTINUE READING
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