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  OWSOP 77-7
Title :
  Development of Techniques for Evaluation of the Weekly Benefit Amount in Unemployment Insurance
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Abstract :
  The specific objectives of this research are as follows: (1) to evaluate, refine and modify, if necessary, the recurring expense concept as it emerged from the pilot project, doing so through further analysis of recurring expense levels found among the Columbia beneficiaries during both employment and unemployment as they relate to household income and other important variables; (2) While total recurring expense is related to total household income, the weekly benefit amount is related only to the lost earnings of the beneficiary. It is at this point that benefit adequacy analysis confronts the ?complexity? of the multi-earner household, which appears to be the increasingly prevalent situation among worker families now; (3) To devise measures appropriate for indicating how well a given benefit formula provides for the needs of a given beneficiary population in terms of the adjusted recurring expenses standard; (4) To develop and recommend an adequacy survey methodology that would provide the relevant data for measuring adequacy of the weekly benefit amount in the more usual context of relatively limited duration of unemployment, as well as to study the effect of the duration of unemployment on the adequacy of the weekly benefit amount.

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