Friday, May 18 • 5:15pm - 6:15pm
201-The Role of Unemployment Insurance in Mediating Material Hardship

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Fei Men, Leslie Hodges - Although existing studies have demonstrated that job loss is an important determinant of material hardship, little is known about participation in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. This paper uses data from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) and linear probability models to examine how receiving UI benefits affects housing, utility, food, and medical hardships. We find that for individuals who are eligible for UI, receiving benefits has a small but statistically significant negative association with reports of utility hardship, food insecurity, and medical hardship, but not housing hardship. This paper contributes to the current understanding of how safety-net programs, such as UI, affect household well-being and the extent to which UI program meets the needs of workers in the modern US economy.


Fei Men

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute for Research on Poverty

Friday May 18, 2018 5:15pm - 6:15pm
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