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Employment and Wage Insurance within Firms - Worldwide Evidence

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  • Andrew Ellul

    (Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, CSEF and ECGI)

  • Marco Pagano

    (University of Naples "Federico II", CSEF, EIEF, CEPR and ECGI)

  • Fabiano Schivardi

    (LUISS, EIEF and CEPR)

Using a firm-level international panel dataset, we study if unemployment insurance offered by the government and by firms are substitutes. We exploit cross-country and time-series variation in public unemployment insurance as a shifter of workers’ demand for insurance within firms, and family vs. non-family ownership as a shifter of firms’ supply of insurance. Our evidence supports the substitutability hypothesis: employment stability in family firms is greater, and the wage discount larger, in countries and periods with less generous public unemployment insurance, while no such substitutability emerges for non-family firms.

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Paper provided by Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) in its series EIEF Working Papers Series with number 1402.

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Length: 67 pages
Date of creation: 2014
Date of revision: Sep 2017
Handle: RePEc:eie:wpaper:1402
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