Should Unemployment Benefits Decrease with the Unemployment Spell?

Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 77, Issue 1, July 2000

Posted: 19 Aug 2001

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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

Etienne Lehmann

CREST; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - School of Economic and Social Research (IRES); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate whether unemployment benefits should decrease with the unemployment spell in a model where both job search intensity and wages are endogenous. Wages are set by collective agreements bargained by insiders. It is shown that a more declining time sequence of unemployment benefits leads to wage increases when the tax rate is given. Such an effect may imply an increase in unemployment and counteracts the response of job search intensity that can be found in standard job search models with a given wage distribution. Calibration exercises suggest that it costs twice as much in terms of welfare loss for the long-term unemployed workers to reduce the unemployment rate by 1% when wages are endogenous than in the standard job search model.

Suggested Citation

Cahuc, Pierre and Lehmann, Etienne, Should Unemployment Benefits Decrease with the Unemployment Spell?. Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 77, Issue 1, July 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=252682

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