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Self-financing Unemployment Insurance and Bargaining Structure

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  • Helge Sanner

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This study examines how the size of trade unions relative to the labor force impacts on the desirability of different organizational forms of self- financing unemployment insurance (UI) for workers, firms, and with reference to an efficiency criterion. For this purpose, we respectively numerically compare the outcome of a model with a uniform payroll tax to a model where workers pay taxes according to their systematic risk of unemployment. Our results highlight the importance of the bargaining structure for the assessment of a particular UI scheme. Most importantly, it depends on the size of the unions whether effciency favors a uniform or a differentiated UI scheme.

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Volume (Year): 17 (2003)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 229-246

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Handle: RePEc:bla:labour:v:17:y:2003:i:2:p:229-246

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  1. Norbert Eickhof, 2003. "Globalisierung, institutioneller Wettbewerb und nationale Wirtschaftspolitik," Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 52, Universität Potsdam, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  2. Klaus Schöler, 2007. "Gibt es eine optimale Stadtgröße?," Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 89, Universität Potsdam, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  3. Verena L. Holzer, 2004. "Does the German Renewable Energies Act fulfil Sustainable Development Objectives?," Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 73, Universität Potsdam, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  4. Wolfgang Wagner, 1999. "Vergleich von ringförmiger und sektoraler Stadtstruktur bei Nachbarschaftsexternalitäten im monozentrischen System," Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 32, Universität Potsdam, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  5. Do Truong Giang, 2004. "Tariffs and export subsidies in a spatial economic model," Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 65, Universität Potsdam, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  6. Norbert Eickhof & Kathrin Isele, 2005. "Do Economists Matter? Eine politökonomische Analyse des Einflusses wettbewerbspolitischer Leitbilder auf die europäische Fusionskontrolle," Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 74, Universität Potsdam, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät.

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