Experiments on unemployment benefit sanctions and job search behavior

J. Boone, A. Sadrieh, J.C. van Ours

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This paper presents the results of an experimental study on unemployment benefit sanctions. The experimental set-up allows us to distinguish between the effect of benefit sanctions once they are imposed (the ex post effect) and the threat of getting a benefit sanction imposed (the ex ante effect). We find that both effects matter. Moreover, the ex ante effect turns out to be substantial and bigger than the ex post effect. Benefits sanctions stimulate the outflow from unemployment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)937-951
JournalEuropean Economic Review
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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