Redundancy Payments, Incomplete Labor Contracts, Unemployment and Welfare

31 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2000

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Pierre Cahuc

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - National School for Statistical and Economic Administration (ENSAE); Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - Equipe Universitaire de Recherche en Economie Quantitative (EUREQUA); University of Angers - French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Andre Zylberberg

National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Date Written: December 1999

Abstract

It is frequently argued that pure government-mandated severance transfers by the employer to the worker have neither employment nor welfare effect because they can be offset by private transfers from the worker to the employer. In this paper, using a dynamic search and matching model a la Mortensen and Pissarides (1994), we show that it may be not any more the case if labor contracts are incomplete and can be renegotiated by mutual agreement only. Indeed, we show that increases in high severance payments are likely to decrease unemployment but systematically decrease welfare and raise inequality. Moreover, it can be understood that insiders try to get high severance payments through political channels, although they do not fight for such a type of advantage at the firm level.

JEL Classification: H29, J23, J38, J41, J64

Suggested Citation

Cahuc, Pierre and Zylberberg, Andre, Redundancy Payments, Incomplete Labor Contracts, Unemployment and Welfare (December 1999). IZA Discussion Paper No. 96. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=219881

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