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Thomas Le Barbanchon

Bocconi University
Via Roentgen 1
Milano 20136
Italy

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May 2017Unemployment Insurance and Reservation Wages: Evidence from Administrative Data
with Roland Rathelot, Alexandra Roulet: w23406
Although the reservation wage plays a central role in job search models, empirical evidence on the determinants of reservation wages, including key policy variables such as unemployment insurance (UI), is scarce. In France, unemployed people must declare their reservation wage to the Public Employment Service when they register to claim UI benefits. We take advantage of these rich French administrative data and of a reform of UI rules to estimate the effect of the potential benefit duration (PBD) on reservation wages and on other dimensions of job selectivity, using a difference-in-difference strategy. We cannot reject that the elasticity of the reservation wage with respect to PBD is zero. Our results are precise and we can rule out elasticities larger than 0.006. Furthermore, we do not f...

Published: Thomas Le Barbanchon & Roland Rathelot & Alexandra Roulet, 2017. "Unemployment insurance and reservation wages: Evidence from administrative data," Journal of Public Economics, . citation courtesy of

July 2016Unemployment Insurance and Reservation Wages: Evidence from Administrative Data
with Roland Rathelot, Alexandra Roulet
in Social Insurance Programs (Trans-Atlantic Public Economic Seminar, TAPES), Roger Gordon, Andreas Peichl and James Poterba, organizers
 
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