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Labour Tax Reform, the Good Jobs and the Bad Jobs

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  • Henrik Jacobsen Kleven
  • Peter Birch S¯rensen
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    We analyse recent proposals to shift the tax burden away from low-paid labour, assuming a dual labour market where the "good" high-paying jobs are rationed. A shift in the tax burden from low-paid to high-paid workers has an ambiguous effect on the "level" of aggregate employment while the "allocation" of aggregate employment is further distorted. Even if the tax reform raises total employment, economic efficiency may be reduced because labour is reallocated from high-productive to low-productive jobs. We also find that opportunities for on-the-job search have important implications for the policy effects. Copyright The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics", 2004 .

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal The Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 106 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 (03)
    Pages: 45-64

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:scandj:v:106:y:2004:i:1:p:45-64

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    1. Wälde, Klaus & Lingens, Jörg, 2005. "Pareto - Improving Unemployment Policies," W.E.P. - Würzburg Economic Papers 63, University of Würzburg, Chair for Monetary Policy and International Economics.
    2. Christian Merkl & Dennis J. Snower, 2007. "Escaping the Unemployment Trap � The Case of East Germany," Kiel Working Papers 1309, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
    3. Anna BATYRA & Henri SNEESSENS, 2010. "Selective Reductions in Labor Taxation Labour Market Adjustments and Macroeconomic Performance," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2010021, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
    4. Stefan Boeters, 2009. "Optimal tax progressivity in unionised labour markets; what are the driving forces?," CPB Discussion Paper 129, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
    5. Merkl, Christian & Snower, Dennis J., 2008. "Escaping the unemployment trap: The case of East Germany," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(4), pages 542-556, December.

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