Optimal Unemployment Insurance for Older Workers

24 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2009

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Jean-Olivier Hairault

Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

François Langot

University of Angers - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives d'Economie Mathematique Appliquees a la Planification (CEPREMAP); Université du Maine - Groupe d' Analyse des Itineraires et Niveaux Salariaux (GAINS); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

S. Menard

Université du Maine

Thepthida Sopraseuth

Université du Maine; University of Angers - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives d'Economie Mathematique Appliquees a la Planification (CEPREMAP)

Abstract

This paper shows that optimal unemployment insurance contracts are age-dependent. Older workers have only a few years left on the labor market prior to retirement. This short horizon implies a more digressive replacement ratio. However, there is a sufficiently short distance to retirement for which flat unemployment benefits can be the optimal contract as the nearly retired unemployed workers rationally expect never to suffer from the punishment. This is why imposing a tax on the future job is particularly efficient in the context of older workers because the agency can now reward the job search by present employment subsidies. Moreover, we propose adopting a global approach to unemployment insurance by determining an optimal contract that integrates unemployment insurance and retirement pension systems.

Keywords: unemployment insurance, retirement, recursive contracts, moral hazard

JEL Classification: C61, J64, J65

Suggested Citation

Hairault, Jean-Olivier and Langot, Francois and Menard, S. and Sopraseuth, Thepthida, Optimal Unemployment Insurance for Older Workers. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4071. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1369817

Jean-Olivier Hairault (Contact Author)

Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne ( email )

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Paris, IL
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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Francois Langot

University of Angers - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives d'Economie Mathematique Appliquees a la Planification (CEPREMAP) ( email )

Ecole Normale Superieure
48 boulevard Jourdan
75014 Paris
France

Université du Maine - Groupe d' Analyse des Itineraires et Niveaux Salariaux (GAINS) ( email )

72085 Le Mans Cedex 9
France

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

S. Menard

Université du Maine ( email )

72085 Le Mans Cedex 9
France

Thepthida Sopraseuth

Université du Maine ( email )

72085 Le Mans Cedex 9
France

University of Angers - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives d'Economie Mathematique Appliquees a la Planification (CEPREMAP)

Ecole Normale Superieure
48 boulevard Jourdan
75014 Paris
France

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