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Asset‐Based Unemployment Insurance

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This article studies a model of consumption, savings, and job search in which a borrowing constraint limits self‐insurance. The government administers the unemployment insurance program that may condition on an individual’s asset position, but not on her efforts of finding a job. To compensate for the impediments to self‐insurance, benefit payments should optimally be set higher at lower wealth levels and peak for borrowing‐constrained individuals with zero liquid funds. A quantitative exercise reveals that the U.S. unemployment insurance program is surprisingly close to optimal for the asset poor, but far too generous for wealthier individuals.

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  • Pontus Rendahl, 2012. "Asset‐Based Unemployment Insurance," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 53(3), pages 743-770, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:iecrev:v:53:y:2012:i:3:p:743-770
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2354.2012.00699.x
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