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ERIC Number: EJ985785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 26
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ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
The Gendered Consequences of Unemployment Insurance Reforms
Mooi-Reci, Irma; Mills, Melinda
Social Forces, v91 n2 p583-608 Dec 2012
This study examines whether a series of unemployment insurance benefit reforms that took place over a 20-year period in the Netherlands had a gendered effect on the duration of unemployment and labor market outcomes. Using longitudinal data from the Dutch Labor Supply Panel (OSA) over the period 1980-2000, and adopting a quasi-experimental design, we test whether seemingly "gender neutral" institutional reforms result in a structural disadvantage for women in particular. Our results demonstrate a striking gender similarity in terms of shorter unemployment durations and ultimately less favorable labor market outcomes (lower occupational class, lower wage, part-time and temporary contracts) among both men and women affected by these reforms. Findings also indicate that disadvantaged groups (older and low-skilled female workers) are the most likely to experience a negative effect from state interventions. These findings provide support for the long-term gains of unemployment benefits and their role in operating as "bridges" to better employment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands