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Bismarck versus Beveridge: Flat- and earnings-related unemployment insurance in an efficiency wage framework

  • Goerke, Laszlo

A higher unemployment compensation increases the incentive to shirk in efficiency wage models. If there is a stronger dependence of unemployment benefits on current earnings, these incentives will be reduced. An unemployment insurance with earnings-related benefits is thus characterised by higher employment than one with flat-rate benefits. It is investigated under which conditions this advantage persists in the longer term when financial constraints such as an ex-post constant level of benefits, a cash hmit or a balanced budget rule apply, or when firms are constrained to zero profits.

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Paper provided by University of Konstanz, Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers, Series I with number 291.

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