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Duration Dependent Unemployment Benefits in Trade Union Theory

  • Claus Thustrup Hansen

    (University of Copenhagen Institute of Economics)

  • Hans Jørgen Jacobsen

    (University of Copenhagen Institute of Economics)

The basic trade union model is extended to allow for a more sophisticated unemployment benefit system consisting of two benefit levels, one for short-term and one for long-term unemployed, and a rule determining whether an unemployed is short- or long-term. The purpose of this extension is twofold; to get a more realistic analysis of the actual benefit systems in most countries, and to analyse alternative reforms to the traditional one of changing a uniform benefit level. Reforms that rebalance the benefit rates holding constant either expected income of an unemployed, aggregate benefit expenditures, or expected income of a union member can reduce unemployment.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 98-08.

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Length: 26 pages + tables
Date of creation: Jun 1998
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Publication status: Published in: European Economic Review 46(7) 2002, 1229-1251
Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:9808
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