Will a European Unemployment Benefits Scheme Affect Labour Mobility?

CEPS Special Report No. 152 / December 2016

16 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2017

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Cinzia Alcidi

CEPS; Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Mikkel Barslund

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Matthias Busse

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Francesco Nicoli

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Date Written: December 6, 2016

Abstract

Labour mobility in the EU is comparatively low, despite major efforts from the European Institutions to support cross-border mobility. This study evaluates the potential implications of a European Unemployment Benefits Scheme (EUBS) for labour mobility in the EU. We find that the introduction of an EUBS, irrespective of whether it takes the form of a genuine scheme or an equivalent scheme, is unlikely to have a substantial impact on the magnitude of EU mobility. An EUBS might be introduced alongside certain features designed to stimulate labour mobility, such as an extension of exportability of unemployment benefits or closer cooperation with national employment agencies. While both will positively impact mobility, its effect is likely to be marginal in light of the low uptake of exportability and the lagged responsiveness of mobility to shocks. Overall we assert that an EUBS may marginally facilitate labour mobility if the system is geared to advance this objective, but not more.

Keywords: Labour Mobility, EU, European Unemployment Benefits Scheme, EUBS

Suggested Citation

Alcidi, Cinzia and Barslund, Mikkel and Busse, Matthias and Nicoli, Francesco, Will a European Unemployment Benefits Scheme Affect Labour Mobility? (December 6, 2016). CEPS Special Report No. 152 / December 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3047083 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3047083

Cinzia Alcidi (Contact Author)

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Mikkel Barslund

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

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Brussels, 1000
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Matthias Busse

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres, 1000
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Francesco Nicoli

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) ( email )

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Amsterdam, 1018 WV
Netherlands

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