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Consumption Smoothing during Unemployment
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2011 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A vast literature has investigated how unemployment insurance (UI) affects labor supply. However, the distorting e¤ect of UI on labor supply is to a large extent determined by how well UI bene.ts smooth private consumption, which in turn depends on the resources available to the unemployed. To determine UI.s consumption-smoothing e¤ect, I exploit a kink in the deterministic relationship between previous earnings and unemployment bene.ts. The randomized assignment of bene.ts created by the kink allows me to identify how UI a¤ect the use of private wealth to .nance consumption during unemployment spells. Using Swedish data for 2000 - 2002 I find that a large share of the unemployed actually can consume at the same level as they did prior to the layo¤. I also .nd that loans are of great importance to consumption smoothing as more than half the sample lacks bu¤er savings. This is further emphasized for di¤erent subpopulations. Women, couples, and older individuals holds signi.cantly larger liquid wealth than men and young singles.

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Uppsala: Department of Economics, Uppsala University , 2011. , 45 p.
Working paper / Department of Economics, Uppsala University (Online), ISSN 1653-6975 ; 2011:11
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Saving, wealth, unemployment bene…t, unemployment, consumption smoothing.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-209308OAI: diva2:656678
Available from: 2013-10-16 Created: 2013-10-16 Last updated: 2013-10-18Bibliographically approved

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