Unemployment benefits and post-unemployment job quality: a project on the importance of unemployment benefits for matching processes on the labour market

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2008
End date: 31/12/2010
Funding: 2355000 SEK


The basic research question guiding this project is whether unemployment benefits may function as a search subsidy for unemployed workers, allowing them to extend their search for relatively more adequate jobs over a longer period of time. Whereas the effect of unemployment benefits on the duration of unemployment spells has been analyzed in a large number of studies, evidence on the effect of unemployment benefits on post-employment job quality is rare, and to the best my knowledge no study has examined this on Swedish data. This project will focus on four different post-unemployment job characteristics: wage, tenure, skill level and contract (temporary vs. permanent). Special focus will also be on part-time unemployed, which makes the project highly relevant from a gender perspective. Longitudinal panel data from the Swedish Level-of-Living Survey (LNU) and the Longitudinal Survey among Unemployed (LSA) will be used. Survey data on respondents living conditions coupled with register data on incomes and unemployment spells gives excellent opportunities to study individual labour market careers and the importance of unemployment benefits for not only stabilizing individual income in the short run but also stabilizing workers careers in the long run.

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