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Mandated Benefits, Welfare, and Heterogeneous Firms

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  • Addison, J.T.
  • Barrett, C.R.
  • Siebert, W.S.

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The paper constructs an asymmetric information model to investigate the efficiency and equity cases for government mandated benefits. A mandate can improve workers? insurance, and may also redistribute in favor of more "deserving" workers. The risk is that it may also reduce output. The more diverse are free market contracts - separating the various worker types - the more likely it is that such output effects will on balance serve to reduce welfare. It is shown that adverse effects can be mitigated by restricting mandates to "large" firms. An alternative to a mandate is direct government provision. We demonstrate that direct government provision may be superior to mandates by virtue of preserving separations. --

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Birmingham in its series Discussion Papers with number 95-33.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 1995
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Handle: RePEc:bir:birmec:95-33

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Keywords: SOCIAL WELFARE; INFORMATION; EQUITY;

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  1. Vodopivec, Milan & Raju, Dhushyanth, 2002. "Income support systems for the unemployed : issues and options," Social Protection Discussion Papers 25529, The World Bank.

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