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Pourquoi les allocations chômage décroissent-elles avec la durée du chômage? Une revue de la littérature

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  • Ophélie Cerdan

    () (GREQAM - Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille - ECM - Ecole Centrale de Marseille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales)

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It is a synthesis of theoretical work explaining why the unemployment benefit is decreasing with the length of unemployment. We present various arguments in favor of degression within a single theoretical structure. We distinguish three arguments. The gradual decrease is the temporal profile best suited to reduce the disincentives to job search. Moreover, it appears as the choice politically expected because it is consistent with the preferences of the electorate majority. Finally, it presents itself as an instrument of controlling abuse of the system. Indeed, it serves to deter cheaters or those who claim to compensation even though they do not want to work.

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  • Ophélie Cerdan, 2010. "Pourquoi les allocations chômage décroissent-elles avec la durée du chômage? Une revue de la littérature," Working Papers halshs-00533849, HAL.
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