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Home | Events Archive | The (Un)Intended Effects of Promoting Labor Market Mobility
Seminar

The (Un)Intended Effects of Promoting Labor Market Mobility


  • Series
  • Speaker(s)
    Marco Caliendo (University of Potsdam, Germany)
  • Field
    Empirical Microeconomics
  • Location
    Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam, room 1.60
    Amsterdam
  • Date and time

    September 07, 2021
    16:00 - 17:00

Please send an email to Christina Månsson if you are interested to participate in this particular seminar at Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam. The number of seats is limited.

Abstract: Subsidizing the geographical mobility of unemployed workers may improve welfare by relaxing their financial constraints and allowing them to find jobs in more prosperous regions. We exploit regional variation in the promotion of mobility programs along administrative borders of German employment agency districts to investigate the causal effect of offering such financial incentives on the job search behavior and labor market integration of unemployed workers. We show that promoting mobility - as intended - causes job seekers to increase their search radius, apply for and accept distant jobs. At the same time, local job search is reduced with adverse consequences for reemployment and earnings. These unintended negative effects are provoked by spatial search frictions. Overall, the unconditional provision of mobility programs harms the welfare of unemployed job seekers. Joint paper with S. Künn and R. Mahlstedt.