The Economics of Unemployment Insurance: A Virtual Workshop
- Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 2:00pm to 3:45pm
- Virtual Workshop
Expanding the generosity and duration of unemployment insurance is a frequently used policy lever in the face of severe economic turbulence—including unprecedented expansions amid the current COVID-19 pandemic. Montana, along with the rest of the United States, has seen record levels of unemployment claims during this crisis.
The recent and ongoing uncertainty in labor markets stresses the need to understand the broad effects of UI on important societal outcomes. In particular, does UI fulfill its primary goal of allowing individuals and families to meet their financial needs during employment? To what extent is UI important to individuals and their families in ways that are not captured by standard economic indicators? To what extent does an increase in unemployment benefits tend to increase the length of time that people remain unemployed or decrease the effort made by people in searching for a new job?
Please join us for this virtual workshop that will bring together leading researchers and Montana administrators as they present up-to-date insights on these important issues.
Featured Presenters include Peter Ganong, assistant professor at Harris Public Policy; Camille Landais, a French economist who currently works as a professor of economics at the London School of Economics; and Paul Marin, the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Unemployment Insurance Administrator.
For more information, visit the event's webpage.