Potential duration of unemployment benefits and labor market outcomes for older workers with health impairments in Germany

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This research note estimates the causal effects of a cut in the potential duration of regular unemployment benefits for older workers in Germany on the labor market outcomes of individuals with health impairments. The analyzed reform is a natural experiment that allows a difference-in-differences strategy with treatment intensity. The results provide evidence for a significant decrease in the number of days in regular unemployment benefits and an increase in the number of days in employment. However, the results also suggest a significant increase in the number of days in unemployment (social) assistance, which are granted upon exhaustion of regular unemployment benefits.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBulletin of Economic Research
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)111-118
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 01.2023

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    Research areas

  • difference-in-differences, labor market reform, policy evaluation, unemployment insurance
  • Economics