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Should UI Benefits Really Fall Over Time?

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  • Hassler, John

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    (Stockholm University)

  • Rodriguez Mora, José V.

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    (University of Edinburgh)

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The issue of whether unemployment benefits should increase or decrease over the unemployment spell is analyzed in a tractable model allowing moral hazard, adverse selection and hidden saving. Analytical results show that when the search productivity of unemployed is constant over the unemployment spell, benefits should typically increase or be constant. The only exception is when there is moral hazard and no hidden saving. In general, adverse selection problems tend to generate increasing benefits, moral hazard problems constant benefits and decreasing search productivity falling benefits.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 622.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2002
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp622

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  1. Marcus Hagedorn & Ashok Kaul & Tim Mennel, 2007. "An Adverse Selection Model of Optimal Unemployment Insurance," IEW - Working Papers 315, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich.
  2. Hassler, John & Rodríguez Mora, José Vicente, 2007. "Unemployment insurance design: inducing moving and retraining," Discussion Paper Series In Economics And Econometrics 0702, Economics Division, School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton.
  3. Fredriksson, Peter & Holmlund, Bertil, 2003. "Improving incentives in unemployment insurance: A review of recent research," Working Paper Series 2003:5, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
  4. Christian Holzner & Volker Meier & Martin Werding, 2010. "Time Limits in a Two-tier Unemployment Benefit Scheme under Involuntary Unemployment," CESifo Economic Studies, CESifo, vol. 56(2), pages 251-277, June.
  5. Peter Fredriksson & Bertil Holmlund, 2006. "Optimal unemployment insurance design: Time limits, monitoring, or workfare?," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 13(5), pages 565-585, September.
  6. Christian Holzner & Volker Meier & Martin Werding, 2004. "Time Limits on Welfare Use under Involuntary Unemployment," CESifo Working Paper Series 1220, CESifo Group Munich.

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