Job search, wage offers, and unemployment insurance

David M. Blau, Philip K. Robins

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Several previous studies have estimated that unemployment insurance (UI) causes an increase in the duration of unemployment and have concluded from this that UI raises reservation wages. However, job-search theory implies that UI can also affect duration through its impact on job offer arrival rates and/or through an impact on wage offers. In this paper we attempt to identify these possible additional effects using survey data on a sample of unemployed individuals. Like previous studies, we find that UI significantly increases unemployment duration. However, part of this effect is estimated to stem from a decrease in the offer arrival rate as well as from a higher reservation wage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-197
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Public Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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