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The Inefficiency of Unemployment: The Supervision Perspective

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  • Guillermo A. Calvo

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We study an example economy with costly labor monitoring under a wage-cum-supervision arrangement, where workers' utilities are not equalized across sectors (workers are identical to each other). Our main task is to look for (and find) a set of "flat" taxes and subsidies that bring about a Pareto improvement over the laissez-faire solution. We show that any of such welfare-improving schemes involves a tax on labor income from those workers whose utility is the lowest.

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  • Guillermo A. Calvo, 1985. "The Inefficiency of Unemployment: The Supervision Perspective," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 100(2), pages 373-387.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:qjecon:v:100:y:1985:i:2:p:373-387.
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