Department of Economics

Unemployment Compensation Recipiency in English-Speaking Countries

Department of Economics
University of Delaware
Working Paper #2007-15

Unemployment Compensation Recipiency in English-Speaking Countries

Vera Brusentsev and Wayne Vroman


The paper explores developments in unemployment compensation recipiency rates in the member-countries of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with particular attention to six English-speaking countries.  While the generosity of social protection programs can be assessed by looking at both replacement rates and recipiency rates, the paper highlights changes in the latter.  The study uses time series data for OECD member-countries from 1959 to 2005.  Data for 20 high-income countries are utilized to explore the effects of changes in the statutory provisions of unemployment compensation programs.  Again, more detail is presented for the six English-speaking countries.

JEL Classification: J60, J65

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