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Unemployment Insurance and the Role of Self-Insurance

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  • Atila Abdulkadiroglu

    (Columbia University)

  • Burhanettin Kuruscu

    (University of Rochester)

  • Aysegul Sahin

    (University of Rochester)

Abstract

This paper employs a dynamic general equilibrium model to design and evaluate long-term unemployment insurance plans (plans that depend on workers' unemployment history) in economies with and without hidden savings. We show that optimal benefit schemes and welfare implications differ considerably in these two economies. Switching to long-term plans can improve welfare significantly in the absence of hidden savings. However, wefare gains are much lower when we consider hidden savings. Therefore, we argue that switching to long term plans should not be a primary concern from a policy point of view. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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  • Atila Abdulkadiroglu & Burhanettin Kuruscu & Aysegul Sahin, 2002. "Unemployment Insurance and the Role of Self-Insurance," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 5(3), pages 681-703, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:v:5:y:2002:i:3:p:681-703
    DOI: 10.1006/redy.2002.0159
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    Keywords

    Unemployment insurance; self-insurance; asymmetric and private information;

    JEL classification:

    • J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design

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