Workfare for the old and long-term unemployed

Författare: Helge Bennmarker, Och Oskar Nordström Skans, Och Ulrika Vikman, Och

Publicerad i: Labour Economics, 2013, vol. 25, pp. 25-34

Sammanfattning av Working paper 2012:7

We estimate the effects of conditioning benefits on program participation among older long-term unemployed workers. We exploit a Swedish reform which reduced UI duration from 90 to 60 weeks for a group of older unemployed workers in a setting where workers who exhausted their benefits received unchanged transfers if they agreed to participate in a work practice program. Our results show that job finding increased as a result of the shorter duration of passive benefits. The time profile of the job-finding effects suggests that the effects are due to deterrence effects during the program-entry phase. We find no evidence of wage reductions, suggesting that the increased job-finding rate was driven by increased search intensity rather than lower reservation wages.