Johns Hopkins University, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Economics, John Hopkins Unversity, USA
Labor economics, economies of government benefit and programs
Professor of Economics, Brown University, USA (1984–1995)
PhD Economics, Brown University, 1975
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The challenge of unemployment benefits is to protect workers while minimizing undesirable side effectsRobert Moffitt, May 2014All developed economies have unemployment benefit programs to protect workers against major income losses during spells of unemployment. By enabling unemployed workers to meet basic consumption needs, the programs protect workers from having to sell their assets or accept jobs below their qualifications. The programs also help stabilize the economy during recessions. If benefits are too generous, however, the programs can lengthen unemployment and raise the unemployment rate. The policy challenge is to protect workers while minimizing undesirable side effects.MoreLess