Researchers found that extending the length of unemployment insurance had no significant impact on employment. In fact, expanding the maximum benefit duration from 26 to 99 weeks increased the employment-to-population ratio by 0.18 percentage points on average.

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This study is not about what is currently happening in the USA. This is about the Great Recession, 2009-2012, and this study does not take into account the COVID related enchantments to UI during the pandemic .


This quote which is title of the post is little confusing. Did they mean to say extending the length had no *negative* impact? The sentence right after it says increasing the duration to 99 weeks increase employment/population ratio by .18% which seems to imply some change. Do they mean the .18% is not statistically significant?


The real question should be does extending unemployment extend the time before one gets a job. This study doesn’t really answer the relevant question at hand, and numerous other studies have shown that the timing of one getting a job track’s mostly in lockstep with the the end of unemployment eligibility. Nordic countries frontload their benefits and taper them off over time to dissuade this.


but in the context where workers were sent home from their businesses for an extended period involuntarily, or were laid off because their business was not allowed to operate until it was forced bankrupt? did extending UE to people *who otherwise already had jobs and would be working if the environment had allowed that* when the economic environment was recovering, and jobs they had temporarily lost were becoming available again result in a single barely improved KPI?


Doesn’t apply to today though