Policy Documents

Case Study of Unemployment Insurance Reform in North Carolina

Marcus Hagedorny, Fatih Karahanz, Iourii Manovski and Kurt Mitman –
March 25, 2014

In July 1, 2013 unemployed workers in North Carolina lost access to all federally financed unemployment benefit extensions. Our objective here is twofold 1) to construct and make available a dataset that contains most relevant series to provide a common ground for the discussion of the performance of the labor market in North Carolina following this reform; 2) to evaluate whether the evidence from North Carolina is consistent with past research on the effects of unemployment benefits. In this note we describe the data series provided in the accompanying file, present basic graphs summarizing the data, and offer some tentative conclusions.