The Effects of Unemployment Compensation on the Unemployment of Youth

A. Colin Cameron, R. Mark Gritz, and Thomas MaCurdy


This report examines the role of unemployment insurance (UI) policies on the amount of unemployment that youths experience between jobs. Specifically, the analysis focuses on determining how the weekly benefit amounts and the weeks of eligibility offered by UI programs influence three aspects of nonemployment activities: the total length of time spent in nonemployment; the fraction of this time reported as unemployment; and the likelihood that an individual collects UI during a nonemployment episode.