Do Jobless Benefits Make Us Lazy?

July 7th, 2013 by Rick Drain

There’s no shortage of opinions from political conservatives and libertarians that jobless benefits cause people to delay looking for work.

Opinions are all very well. What about data? What does actual data say?

The WSJ’s Ben Casselman wrote a nice post for their Real Time Economics blog.


Are extended unemployment benefits leading to higher rates of long-term unemployment? A new paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston suggests the answer is “no”—or at least, “not much.”

You can read the full article here:

Are Jobless Benefits Leading to Higher Unemployment?