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Assessing the welfare effects of unemployment benefits using the regression kink design

Landais, Camille (2012) Assessing the welfare effects of unemployment benefits using the regression kink design. Public Economics Programme Papers (PEP 16). The London School of Economics and Political Science, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

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Abstract

I investigate in this paper partial equilibrium labor supply responses to unemployment insurance (UI) in the US. I use administrative data on the universe of unemployment spells in five states from 1976 to 1984, and non-parametrically identify the effect of both benefit level and potential duration in the regression kink (RK) design using kinks in the schedule of UI benefits. I provide many tests for the robustness of the RK design, and demonstrate its validity to overcome the traditional issue of endogeneity in UI benefit variations on US data. I also show how one can use the weighted difference between the behavioral response to an increase in potential duration and to an increase in benefit level to identify the pure moral hazard effect of UI. I then use these estimates to calibrate the welfare effects of an increase in UI benefit level and in UI potential duration.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Divisions: Economics
STICERD
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Departments > Economics
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2014 15:41
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2019 23:02
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58025

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