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Labor market effects of unemployment insurance design

Tatsiramos, Konstantinos; Van Ours, Jan

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Konstantinos Tatsiramos

Jan Van Ours


With the emergence of the Great Recession unemployment insurance (UI) is once again at the heart of the policy debate. In this paper, we focus on the recent theoretical and empirical evidence on the labor market effects of UI design. We provide an overview of the design of UI in various countries and we discuss policy issues related to the structure of the UI system, including the pros and cons of a UI system in which the generosity of UI benefits is varying over the business cycle. Finally, we identify potential areas of future research on UI design.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 23, 2012
Online Publication Date Dec 6, 2012
Publication Date Apr 1, 2014
Deposit Date Aug 17, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 17, 2016
Journal Journal of Economic Surveys
Print ISSN 0950-0804
Electronic ISSN 1467-6419
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 2
Keywords Job search; Labor market institutions; Labor market policy; Unemployment dynamics;Unemployment insurance
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Labor market effects of unemployment insurance design / Konstantinos Tatsiramos, Jan C. van Ours. Journal of Economic Surveys, volume 28, issue 2 (April 2014) pp. 284-311, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.


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