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Aedín Doris, Donal O'Neill, Olive Sweetman
Journal of Human Resources
Does Reducing Unemployment Benefits During a Recession Reduce Youth Unemployment? Evidence from a 50% Cut in Unemployment Assistance
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Unemployment Benefits, Great Recession, Regression Discontinuity
We use administrative data to examine the effect of a 50% benefit cut for young unemployed claimants in Ireland during the Great Recession. Because the cut applied only to new spells, claimants whose unemployment start dates differed by one day received very different benefits; we exploit this feature in our Regression Discontinuity analysis. We find that the benefit cut significantly reduced unemployment duration, with exits to training and work accounting for the majority of this effect.
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