The German Labor Market Reforms and Post-Unemployment Earnings

Author/Editor:

Niklas Engbom ; Enrica Detragiache ; Faezeh Raei

Publication Date:

July 17, 2015

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

In 2003–05, Germany undertook extensive labor market reforms which were followed by a large and persistent decline in unemployment. Key elements of the reforms were a drastic cut in benefits for the long-term unemployed and tighter job search and acceptance obligations. Using a large confidential data set from the German social security administration, we find that the reforms were associated with a fall in the earnings of workers returning to work from short-term unemployment relative to workers in long-term employment of about 10 percent. We interpret this as evidence that the reforms strengthened incentives to return to work but, in doing so, they adversely affected post re-entry earnings.

Series:

Working Paper No. 15/162

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 17, 2015

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513531250/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2015162

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

26

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