Template-Type: ReDIF-Paper 1.0 Series: Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers Creation-Date: 1998-07-24 Number: 98-076/3 Author-Name: Gerard J. van den Berg Author-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Author-Workplace-Name: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and CEPR Author-Name: Bas van der Klaauw Author-Email: email@example.com Author-Workplace-Name: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Author-Name: Jan C. van Ours Author-Workplace-Name: CentER, Tilburg University and CEPR Title: Punitive Sanctions and the Transition Rate from Welfare to Work Abstract: In the Netherlands, the average exit rate out of welfare is dramatically low. Most welfare recipients have to comply with guidelines on job search effort that are imposed by the welfare agency. If they do not, then a sanction in the form of a temporary benefit reduction can be imposed. This article investigates the effect of such sanctions on the transition rate from welfare to work using a unique set of rich register data on welfare recipients. We find that the imposition of sanctions substantially increases the individual transition rate from welfare to work.
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