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Layoff taxes and minimum wage: Two complementary public policies

  • Gavrel, Frédéric
  • Lebon, Isabelle
  • Rebière, Thérèse

In a matching model in which the job destruction rate and the output are endogenous, we show that the presence of a binding minimum wage prompts firms to choose too risky jobs. Introducing layoff taxes therefore reduces unemployment and improves market efficiency.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 107 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 30-32

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:107:y:2010:i:1:p:30-32
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