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Fighting unemployment without worsening povety: Basic income versus reductions of social security contributions

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  • Van der Linden, Bruno

    (UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES) ; Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS))

Reductions of social security contributions (RSSC) and a basic income (BI) (or the related Negative Income Tax) are considered in a dynamic general equilibrium framework with imperfect competition on the labour market (the ‘wage-setting/price-setting’ model). The cases with homogeneous and heterogeneous workers are considered. It turns out that both policies have a long-run effect on the unemployment rate if they are appropriately designed. With two types of skills, this proposition holds if relative wages are rigid and if the supply of skills is not perfectly elastic. A welfare analysis shows that introducing appropriately framed RSSC or BI can be a Pareto improvement.

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Date of creation: 01 Nov 1998
Date of revision: 00 Oct 1999
Handle: RePEc:ctl:louvir:1999028
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