Scenarios for a Design of Unemployment Benefits (Szenarien der Gestaltung von Existenzsicherungsleistungen der Arbeitslosenversicherung)

A reform of unemployment benefits is currently under debate in Austria. This study will provide a discussion of potential adjustment options like the maximal duration of receipt, the replacement rate or eligibility criteria. To provide evidence on potential costs and benefits compared to the existing system of unemployment benefit and assistance, scenarios are calculated based on administrative micro-data on labour market histories and benefit claims. The consequences for the benefit receipt will be compared between the current situation and the respective scenarios and for different types of unemployed.