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Technological Choices, Productivity and Labour Market Participation

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  • Samir Amine

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  • Pedro Lages Dos Santos

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Nous étudions, dans cet article, le rôle des allocations chômage dans la détermination de la nature des emplois offerts. Nous montrons qu’un système d’indemnisation du chômage généreux, en provoquant une accentuation de la sélectivité des agents, affecte les caractéristiques des emplois créés qui deviennent plus complexes et aboutit ainsi à améliorer la productivité du travail. Or, malgré cette amélioration de la qualité des appariements, la participation au marché du travail diminue. This article aims at understanding the interactions between public policies, such as unemployment benefit systems, and firms’ technological choices. For this purpose, we use a matching model in which workers are vertically differentiated and where the nature of jobs is endogenous. We show that an improvement in unemployment benefits leads to an increase in productivity by making agents more selective and jobs more complex. However, the impact on labour market participation is negative.

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Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Working Papers with number 2011s-03.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2011
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Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2011s-03

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Keywords: Appariement; complexité; allocations chômage; productivité et participation; Job Complexity; unemployment benefits; productivity; participation.;

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