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In-work benefits and unemployment

  • Ann-Sofie Kolm


  • Mirco Tonin


In-work benefits are becoming an increasingly relevant labour market policy, gradually expanding in scope and geographical coverage. This paper investigates the equilibrium impact of in-work benefits and contrasts it with the traditional partial equilibrium analysis. We find under which conditions accounting for equilibrium wage adjustments amplifies the impact of in-work benefits on search intensity, participation, employment, and unemployment, compared to a framework in which wages are fixed. We also account for the financing of these benefits and determine the level of benefits necessary to achieve efficiency in a labour market characterized by search externalities. Keywords; in-work benefits, search, labour force participation, wage adjustment

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Article provided by Springer & International Institute of Public Finance in its journal International Tax and Public Finance.

Volume (Year): 18 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 74-92

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Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:18:y:2011:i:1:p:74-92
DOI: 10.1007/s10797-010-9148-6
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