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Bismarck versus Beveridge: Which Unemployment Compensation System is More Prone to Labor Market Shocks?

  • Beissinger, Thomas


    (University of Hohenheim)

  • Buesse, Oliver

    (University of Regensburg)

Based on a model with imperfectly competitive labor and product markets the real consequences of labor market shocks for economies with either an earnings-related or flat-rate unemployment compensation system are considered. A distinctive feature of the analysis is the comparison of both unemployment compensation systems in a two-country setting. It is demonstrated that the performance of a system with earnings-related or flat-rate unemployment benefits depends on whether the labor market shock is provoked in the home country or originates from abroad. We also point out how our results extend to two-tier unemployment compensation systems which differ with respect to the relative importance of earnings-related and flat-rate benefits.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 358.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2001
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Publication status: published in: FinanzArchiv, 2001, 58 (1),78-102
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp358
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