The Impact of the Potential Duration of Unemployment Benefits on the Duration of Unemployment

  title={The Impact of the Potential Duration of Unemployment Benefits on the Duration of Unemployment},
  author={Lawrence F. Katz and Bruce D. Meyer},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
This paper uses two data sets to examine the impact of the potential duration of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits on the duration of unemployment and the time pattern of the escape rate from unemployment in the United States. The first part of the empirical work uses a large sample of household heads to examine differences in the unemployment spell distributions of UI recipients and nonrecipients. Sharp increases in the rare of escape from unemployment both through recalls and new job… Expand
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