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Optimal Unemployment Insurance and Voting

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  • Andreas Pollak

    (University of Freiburg)

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The framework of a general equilibrium heterogeneous agent model is used to study the optimal design of an unemployment insurance (UI) scheme and the voting behaviour on unemployment policy reforms. In a first step, the optimal defined benefit and defined replacement ratio UI systems are obtained in simulations. Then, the question whether switching to such an optimal system from the status quo would be approved by a majority of the voters is explored. Finally, the transitional dynamics following a policy change are analysed. Accounting for this transition has an important influence on the voting outcome.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Computational Economics with number 0505002.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 12 May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpco:0505002

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Keywords: insurance; heterogeneous agents; job search; voting; human capital;

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