Earnings Supplement Project (ESP) – The Impact of the Allowable Earnings Provision on EI Dependency

November 2002


This working paper provides an in-depth analysis of the way in which Employment Insurance (EI) claimants combine the receipt of EI benefits with work. The Survey on the Repeat Use of Employment Insurance (SRUEI), as well as information from respondents’ administrative records documenting their EI claim activity from 1992 to 1998, are used to examine the characteristics of claimants who make use of the allowable earnings provision and to estimate the impact of using this provision on claimants’ short- and long-term EI dependency.