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You can't always get what you want: the impact of the UK Jobseeker's Allowance

Manning, Alan ORCID: 0000-0002-7884-3580 (2009) You can't always get what you want: the impact of the UK Jobseeker's Allowance. Labour Economics, 16 (3). pp. 239-250. ISSN 0927-5371

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.labeco.2008.09.005


In 1996 the UK made major changes to its welfare system for the support of the unemployed with the introduction of the Jobseeker's Allowance. This tightened the work search requirements needed for eligibility for benefit. It resulted in large flows out of claimant status, but, this paper concludes, not primarily into employment. The movement out of claimant status was largest for those with low levels of search activity. But, this paper finds no evidence of increased job search activity as a result of this change.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Elsevier
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > Economics
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2011 13:46
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 00:49

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