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Experience Rating versus Employment Protection Laws in a Model where Firms Monitor Workers

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  • Julia Fath
  • Clemens Fuest

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While layoff costs in the U.S. are mostly due to experience-rated unemployment insurance, layoff costs in European labour markets are primarily a consequence of employment protection laws. In this paper we compare the effects of experience rating and employment protection laws on employment and welfare in a model where unemployment arises due to efficiency wage setting and where labour turnover is inefficiently high. We show that a revenue-neutral introduction of experience rating reduces labour turnover and increases employment and welfare. The introduction of employment protection laws may also reduce labour turnover but employment declines. Copyright The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics", 2005 .

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

Volume (Year): 107 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 299-314

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Handle: RePEc:bla:scandj:v:107:y:2005:i:2:p:299-314

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Cited by:
  1. Olivier L'Haridon & Franck Malherbet, 2008. "Employment Protection Reform in Search Economies," THEMA Working Papers 2008-26, THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise.
  2. Julia Fath & Clemens Fuest, 2002. "Temporary Layoffs and Unemployment Insurance: Is Experience Rating Desirable?," CESifo Working Paper Series 663, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Burguet, Roberto & Caminal, Ramón, 2004. "Does the Market Provide Sufficient Employment Protection?," CEPR Discussion Papers 4198, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  4. Julia Fath & Clemens Fuest, 2005. "Experience Rating of Unemployment Insurance in the US: A Model for Europe?," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 3(2), pages 45-50, 07.

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