Unemployment Insurance Generosity: A Trans-Atlantic Comparison

14 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2008

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Stephane Pallage

University of Quebec at Montreal - Department of Economics; Centre interuniversitaire sur le risque, les politiques économiques et l'emploi (CIRPÉE)

Lyle A. Scruggs

University of Connecticut - Department of Political Science

Christian Zimmermann

Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

The goal of this paper is to establish if unemployment insurance policies are more generous in Europe than in the United States, and by how much. We take the examples of France and one particular American state, Ohio, and use the methodology of Pallage, Scruggs and Zimmermann (2008) to find a unique parameter value for each region that fully characterizes the generosity of the system. These two values can then be used in structural models that compare the regions, for example to explain the differences in unemployment rates.

Keywords: unemployment insurance, labor market policy evaluation

JEL Classification: E24, J65

Suggested Citation

Pallage, Stephane and Scruggs, Lyle A. and Zimmermann, Christian, Unemployment Insurance Generosity: A Trans-Atlantic Comparison. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3869. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1315888 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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