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Project Citation: 

Bolhaar, Jonneke, Ketel, Nadine, and van der Klaauw, Bas. Replication data for: Job Search Periods for Welfare Applicants: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2019. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-10-12.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary We combine a randomized experiment with administrative data to study the effects of mandatory job search periods in the Dutch welfare system. Job search periods postpone the first welfare benefits payment and encourage applicants to start searching for jobs actively. Job search periods substantially reduce benefits take up. The decline in benefits receipt is permanent, but fully compensated by increased earnings because of higher reemployment rates. We do not find detectable effects on health and crime outcomes, nor do we observe income declines for more vulnerable applicants. Our results suggest that job search periods are an effective instrument for targeting benefits to welfare applicants.

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms Randomized experiment; Field experiment
JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      C93 Field Experiments
      I38 Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty: Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
      J31 Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
      J64 Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage The Netherlands
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 4/1/2012 – 3/31/2013
Universe:  View help for Universe All applicants for welfare benefits in Amsterdam with a potential to work.
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) survey data; administrative records data


Data Source:  View help for Data Source Administrative records welfare agency Amsterdam, administrative records national social insurance administration (UWV), administrative records Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and survey administered by principal investigators.
Unit(s) of Observation:  View help for Unit(s) of Observation Individuals,

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