The Welfare Effects of Mobility Restrictions
AbstractMobility restrictions (e.g., severance payment, life-long tenure, and divorce ban) are widely observed. I present a partnership model that highlights the 'break-up externality' (i.e., the negative effect of a person's break-up decision on his current partner). Under this externality, there is too much searching for new partners and too much breaking-up of existing partnerships. Restrictions such as a break-up payment and break-up ban can reduce the levels of searching and breaking-up and improve welfare. Thus the paper rationalizes mobility restrictions as welfare-improving arrangements. (Copyright: Elsevier)
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