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In-work benefits and unemployment

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  • Ann-Sofie Kolm

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  • Mirco Tonin

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In-work benefits are becoming an increasingly relevant labour market policy, gradually expanding in scope and geographical coverage. This paper investigates the equilibrium impact of in-work benefits and contrasts it with the traditional partial equilibrium analysis. We find under which conditions accounting for equilibrium wage adjustments amplifies the impact of in-work benefits on search intensity, participation, employment, and unemployment, compared to a framework in which wages are fixed. We also account for the financing of these benefits and determine the level of benefits necessary to achieve efficiency in a labour market characterized by search externalities. Keywords; in-work benefits, search, labour force participation, wage adjustment

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Article provided by Springer in its journal International Tax and Public Finance.

Volume (Year): 18 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 74-92

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Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:18:y:2011:i:1:p:74-92

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Keywords: In-work benefits; Search; Labour force participation; Wage adjustment; J21; J38; H24;

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  1. Edmark, Karin & Liang, Che-Yuan & Mörk, Eva & Selin, Håkan, 2012. "Evaluation of the Swedish earned income tax credit," Working Paper Series, Center for Fiscal Studies 2012:2, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  2. Edmark, Karin & Liang, Che-Yuan & Mörk, Eva & Selin, Håkan, 2012. "An Evaluation of the Swedish Earned Income Tax Credit," Working Paper Series 901, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
  3. Kolm, Ann-Sofie & Tonin, Mirco, 2013. "In-Work Benefits and the Nordic Model," Research Papers in Economics 2013:1, Stockholm University, Department of Economics.

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