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Optimal Unemployment Insurance with Monitoring

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  • Ofer Setty

    (Tel Aviv University)

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I study a principal-agent problem in which the principal can obtain additional costly information about the agent's effort. I analyze this problem in the context of optimal unemployment insurance a la Hopenhayn and Nicolini (1997), where job-search effort is private information. I calibrate the model to the US economy and use it for two purposes. First, I show that for CRRA utility, the optimal contract dictates that monitoring frequency increases and the sanction decreases with promised utility, if and only if the coefficient of risk aversion is greater than 0.5. Second, I show that compared to optimal unemployment insurance and estimated at the balanced budget point, monitoring saves about eighty percent of the cost associated with moral hazard.

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  • Ofer Setty, 2013. "Optimal Unemployment Insurance with Monitoring," 2013 Meeting Papers 26, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:sed013:26
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    1. Bart COCKX & Muriel DEJEMEPPE & Andrey LAUNOV & Bruno VAN DER LINDEN, 2011. "Monitoring, Sanctions and Front-Loading of Job Search in a Non-Stationary Model," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2011042, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
    2. Ofer Setty: Tel Aviv University, 2011. "Unemployment Accounts," 2011 Meeting Papers 204, Society for Economic Dynamics.
    3. Pavoni, Nicola & Setty, Ofer & Violante, Giovanni L, 2013. "Search and Work in Optimal Welfare Programs," CEPR Discussion Papers 9389, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    4. David L. Fuller & B. Ravikumar & Yuzhe Zhang, 2015. "Unemployment Insurance Fraud and Optimal Monitoring," American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, American Economic Association, vol. 7(2), pages 249-290, April.

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    JEL classification:

    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design

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