Can Active Labor Market Policy Be Counter-Productive?
28 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2014
We study active labor market policies (ALMP) in a matching model. ALMPs are modelled as a subsidy to job search. Workers differ in their productivity, and search takes place along an extensive margin. An additional job seeker affects the quality of unemployed workers. As a result, the Hosios conditions are no longer valid. To replicate the optimum the worker share in bargaining must exceed the Hosios level, and one must impose a tax on job search activity. The coalition in favor of ALMP is also studied.
Keywords: active labor market policy, matching models
JEL Classification: E24, J6
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