University of Minnesota digs into why people with generous unemployment benefits take longer to find work

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Economic studies show that when people are offered more generous unemployment benefits — such as a longer time horizon and higher payments — they take longer to find new jobs.

“The question is why?” said Connie Wanberg, a University of Minnesota professor and internationally known researcher in unemployment, job search and careers.

“I don’t see a lot of evidence of slackers. The U.S. has a lot of checks and balances on people looking for work.”

Wanberg’s latest research, published in June in the Journal of Applied Psychology, offers nuanced results for policymakers.

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