Unemployment Insurance and Job Search in the Great Recession

@article{Rothstein2011UnemploymentIA,
  title={Unemployment Insurance and Job Search in the Great Recession},
  author={Jesse Rothstein},
  journal={Brookings Papers on Economic Activity},
  year={2011},
  volume={2011},
  pages={143 - 213}
}
  • Jesse Rothstein
  • Published 2011
  • Economics
  • Brookings Papers on Economic Activity
More than 2 years after the official end of the Great Recession, the labor market remains historically weak. One candidate explanation is supply-side effects driven by dramatic expansions of unemployment insurance (UI) benefit durations, to as long as 99 weeks. This paper investigates the effect of these extensions on job search and reemployment. I use the longitudinal structure of the Current Population Survey to construct unemployment exit hazards that vary across states, over time, and… Expand
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