Journal article

Incentive effects of unemployment insurance savings accounts: Evidence from Chile

Gonzalo Reyes Hartley, Jan C van Ours, Milan Vodopivec

Labour Economics | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2011


The paper, the first one to empirically examine whether individual accounts internalize the cost of unemployment, estimates the determinants of job finding rates of unemployment benefit recipients under the Chilean program. This is a unique, innovative program that combines social insurance, provided via solidarity funding, with self-insurance in the form of unemployment insurance savings accounts (UISAs). The paper shows that beneficiaries who use solidarity funding are less likely to exit unemployment in early months than those relying on UISAs only. Moreover, job finding rates are found to be positively correlated with pre-separation UISA balances among those that use solidarity funding, ..

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