An Analysis of Some of the Effects of Increasing the Duration of Regular Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Kauffman, Peter W.
Kauffman, Margaret H.
Werner, Michael P.
Jennison, Christine A.
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA), Unemployment Insurance Service
The Federal-State Extended Benefits (EB) Program permits eligible individuals to receive benefits equal to one-half of their entitlement under the regular State unemployment insurance program up to a maximum of 39 weeks during periods of specified high unemployment. The triggering mechanism used by the EB Program to determine when a State is experiencing high employment has been criticized because it does not equitably define periods of high unemployment among States, within States, and among individuals. One alternative to a triggering mechanism is to permanently increase the duration of regular State unemployment insurance up to a maximum of 39 weeks. The purpose of this study is to explore alternative formulas for providing additional duration under the regular benefit program.