Welfare Measurement, Involuntary Unemployment, And Heterogeneity
This paper concerns welfare measurement in an economy with union wage setting, where the equilibrium is characterized by unemployment. Contrary to results derived in the first best, the current value Hamiltonian is not an exact welfare measure in an economy with unemployment. Instead, the welfare measure also depends on "employment effect," which are caused by the discrepancy between supply and demand in the labor market. In addition, since unemployment gives rise to heterogeneity, distributional effects will also characterize the welfare measure. Copyright 2010 The Author. Review of Income and Wealth 2010 International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.
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Volume (Year): 56 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
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