Domestic Public Policy

Creating a UI System for the Twenty-First Century: Lessons from the Great Recession

Grant Year: 2020

Till von Wachter will examine the extent to which the unemployment insurance system could be reformed in ways that encourage employment while supporting dislocated workers. He will estimate the impact of extensions in unemployment insurance eligibility and increases in benefit levels during the Great Recession on employment patterns and local economic conditions. He will also assess how the system’s financing mechanisms shaped the decisions of firms to lay off employees. The project’s findings will be presented in a series of papers and a policy brief summarizing the results.

University of California Los Angeles Domestic Public Policy