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Optimal Unemployment Insurance in a Matching Equilibrium

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  • Adrian Masters
  • Melvyn Coles

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This paper considers the optimal design of unemployment insurance (UI) within an equilibrium matching framework when wages are determined by strategic bargaining. Unlike the Nash bargaining approach, reducing UI payments with duration is welfare increasing. A co-ordinated policy approach, however, one that chooses job creation subsidies and UI optimally, implies a much greater welfare gain than one which considers optimal UI alone. Once job creation subsidies are chosen optimally, the welfare value of making UI payments duration dependent is small.

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Paper provided by University at Albany, SUNY, Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 04-12.

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Date of creation: 2004
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