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Unemployment Insurance with Moral Hazard in a Dynamic Economy

  • Wang, Cheng
  • Williamson, Steve

We study a dynamic model with positive gross flows between employment and unemployment. There is moral hazard associated with search effort and job-retention effort. A quantitative comparison of the unemployment insurance system currently in place in the United States with an optimal system shows that the optimal system reduces the steady state unemployment rate by 3.40 percentage points and increases output by 3.64\%. The optimal system involves a large subsidy for a transition from unemployment to employment and a large penalty for a transition from employment to unemployment.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 5088.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 1996
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Publication status: Published in Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, Spring 1996,, pp. 1-41
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:5088
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