Revisiting the effects of unemployment insurance extensions on unemployment: A measurement-error-corrected regression discontinuity approach

Steven Dieterle, Otavio Bartalotti, Quentin Brummet

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Abstract

This study documents two potential biases in recent analyses of UI benefit extensions using boundary-based identification: bias from using county-level aggregates and bias from across-border policy spillovers. To examine the first bias, the analysis uses a regression discontinuity approach that accounts for measurement error in county-level aggregates. These results suggest much smaller effects than previous studies, casting doubt on the applicability of border-based designs. The analysis then shows substantial spillover effects of UI benefit duration on across-border work patterns, consistent with increased tightness in high-benefit states and providing evidence against a dominant vacancy reduction response to UI extensions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-114
JournalAmerican Economic Journal: Economic Policy
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020

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