Integration and Search Unemployment: An Analysis of Eastern EU Enlargement

40 Pages Posted: 11 May 2001

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Ben J. Heijdra

University of Groningen - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Christian Keuschnigg

University of St. Gallen – Department of Economics (FGN-HSG); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: October 2000

Abstract

The paper develops a unified general equilibrium model including savings with overlapping generations, investment and search unemployment. Long-run analytical results for the small open economy identify capital accumulation as a prime transmission channel. The effects of integration on unemployment, however, depend importantly on the nature of wage taxation and unemployment compensation. As a separate methodological contribution, we extend a dynamic CGE model for Germany to allow for search unemployment of high- and low-skilled labour. Simulating the effects of Eastern EU enlargement, we find quantitatively small effects of integration but more pronounced labour market effects from immigration.

Keywords: Finite lives, search unemployment, capital accumulation, trade, immigration

JEL Classification: C68, F13, F15

Suggested Citation

Heijdra, Ben J. and Keuschnigg, Christian, Integration and Search Unemployment: An Analysis of Eastern EU Enlargement (October 2000). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 341. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=263326

Ben J. Heijdra

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United Kingdom

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