Optimal Taxation and Employment Policy with a Centralized Wage Settin g
Public policy is examined where the economy-wide labor and employer organizations bargain about wages. The main findings are as follo ws: employment subsidies must fall with the elasticity for the demand for labor but payroll subsidies on inputs which are not fully employ ed must rise with it; these subsidies must be uniform in all sectors and when optimally set, they will equalize all union wages as well as all producer wages for unemployed labor; and the government should p ay such unemployment benefits that the marginal utilities of income f or the employed and the unemployed become equal. Copyright 1987 by Royal Economic Society.
Volume (Year): 39 (1987)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
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