An Unemployment Insurance Scheme for the Euro Area? A Comparison of Different Alternatives Using Micro Data

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Mathias Dolls

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Clemens Fuest

ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich; Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich; Center for Economic Studies (CES)

Dirk Neumann

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE)

Andreas Peichl

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research; University of Mannheim - School of Economics (VWL); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

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Date Written: October 29, 2015

Abstract

We analyze different options for the design of a common unemployment insurance system for the euro area (EA). We assess their effectiveness to act as an insurance device in the presence of asymmetric macroeconomic shocks. Running counterfactual simulations based on micro data for the period 2000-13, we quantify the trade-off between automatic stabilization effects and the degree of cross-country transfers. In the baseline, we focus on a non-contingent scheme covering short-term unemployment and find that it would have absorbed a significant fraction of the unemployment shock in the recent crisis. However, four member states of the EA18 would have been either a permanent net contributor or net recipient. Our results suggest that contingent benefits could limit the degree of cross-country redistribution, but might reduce desired insur-ance effects. We also study heterogeneous effects within countries and discuss moral hazard issues at the level of individuals, the administration and economic policy.

Keywords: European fiscal integration, unemployment insurance, automatic stabilizers

JEL Classification: F550, H230, J650

Suggested Citation

Dolls, Mathias and Fuest, Clemens and Neumann, Dirk and Peichl, Andreas, An Unemployment Insurance Scheme for the Euro Area? A Comparison of Different Alternatives Using Micro Data (October 29, 2015). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5581. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2694468

Mathias Dolls

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Andreas Peichl (Contact Author)

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