Seek and Ye shall Find: How Search Requirements Affect Job Finding Rates of Older Workers

P.G.J. Hullegie, J.C. van Ours

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Abstract

Abstract Unemployment insurance recipients in the Netherlands were for a long time exempted from the requirement to actively search for a job when they reached the age of 57.5. We study how this exemption affected the job finding rates of the recipients involved. We find evidence that the job finding rate of unemployed workers who were getting close to the age of 57.5 is reduced in anticipation of the removal of the search requirement. In addition we find a large negative effect on job finding rates of the actual removal of the search requirement. Apparently, even for persons with seemingly poor job prospects search requirements have a positive effect on finding rates.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherEconomics
Number of pages27
Volume2013-028
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2013-028

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Keywords

  • eligibility criteria
  • unemployment benefits
  • job finding
  • older workers

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Hullegie, P. G. J., & van Ours, J. C. (2013). Seek and Ye shall Find: How Search Requirements Affect Job Finding Rates of Older Workers. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2013-028). Tilburg: Economics.