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Privately optimal severance pay

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  • Fella Giulio
  • Tyson Christopher J.

    (School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK)

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This paper constructs an equilibrium matching model with risk-averse workers and incomplete contracts to study both the optimal private provision of severance pay and the consequences of government mandates in excess of the private optimum. The privately-optimal severance payment is bounded below by the fall in lifetime wealth resulting from job loss. Despite market incompleteness, mandated minimum payments significantly exceeding the private optimum are effectively undone by adjustment of the contractual wage, and have only small allocational and welfare effects.

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  • Fella Giulio & Tyson Christopher J., 2013. "Privately optimal severance pay," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, vol. 13(1), pages 1-39, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejmac:v:13:y:2013:i:1:p:39:n:24
    DOI: 10.1515/bejm-2012-0148
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