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A Macro Theory of Employment Vouchers

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  • J. Michael Orszag
  • Dennis J. Snower

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This paper explores the optimal design of subsidies for hiring unemployed workers ("employment vouchers" for short) in the context of a simple macroeconomic model of the labor market. Focusing on the short-term and long-term effects of the vouchers on employment and unemplkoyment, the analysis shows how the optimal policy depends on the rates of hiring and firing, and on the problems of deadweight and displacement. It also examines the roles of the government budget constraint and of the level of unemployment benefits in optimal policy design.

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Paper provided by Birkbeck, Department of Economics, Mathematics & Statistics in its series Archive Discussion Papers with number 9605.

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Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:bbk:bbkewp:9605

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  1. Berthold, Norbert & Fehn, Rainer & Thode, Eric, 1999. "Rigide Arbeitsmärkte und ungleiche Einkommensverteilung: ein unlösbares Dilemma?," Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Beiträge 31, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbes. Wirtschaftsordnung und Sozialpolitik.
  2. Heitger, Bernhard & Stehn, Jürgen, 2003. "Trade, technical change, and labour market adjustment," Open Access Publications from Kiel Institute for the World Economy 3101, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  3. Farhauer, Oliver, 2002. "Betriebsspezifisches Humanvermögen," Discussion Papers 2002/2, Technische Universität Berlin, School of Economics and Management.
  4. Herbertsson, Tryggvi Thor & Orszag, Mike, 2003. "The Early Retirement Burden: Assessing the Costs of the Continued Prevalence of Early Retirement in OECD Countries," IZA Discussion Papers 816, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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