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Labour Market Mobility and Workers' Skills in a Comparative Perspective: Exploring the Role of Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 74-83Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article argues that there might be important efficiency gains for countries to provide generous unemployment insurance benefits. Firstly, generous unemployment benefits might reduce the risks, real or perceived, associated with labour market transitions such as changing employer and/or career. Secondly, such benefits might increase workers’ skills levels, both by functioning as a form of insurance for workers’ investments in skills that are not easily transferable between employers and by facilitating the accumulation of skills that are developed through experience with different employers. These arguments are supported by empirical data, covering 14 countries, from the Eurobarometer survey.

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2008. Vol. 17, no 1, p. 74-83
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-15403DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2007.00493.xISI: 000251328400008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-15403DiVA, id: diva2:181923
Available from: 2008-12-02 Created: 2008-12-02 Last updated: 2018-11-28Bibliographically approved

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