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Optimal Unemployment Insurance in a Matching Equilibrium

  • Melvyn Coles

    (Instituci� Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avan�ats and Instituto de An�lisis Econ�mico)

  • Adrian Masters

    (State University of New York at Albany)

This article considers optimal unemployment insurance (UI) in an equilibrium matching framework where wages are determined by strategic bargaining. It compares the outcome with the standard Nash bargaining approach, which can be interpreted as union wage bargaining with an insider/outsider distortion. It also shows that a coordinated policy approach, one that chooses job creation subsidies and UI optimally, generates a much greater welfare gain than a policy that simply varies UI payments by duration.

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Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Labor Economics.

Volume (Year): 24 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 109-138

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Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:24:y:2006:i:1:p:109-138
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