Macroeconomic Stabilisation Properties of a Euro Area Unemployment Insurance Scheme

47 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2020

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Christoph Kaufmann

European Central Bank

Maria Grazia Attinasi

European Central Bank (ECB)

Sebastian Hauptmeier

European Central Bank (ECB) - Directorate General Economics

Date Written: June, 2020

Abstract

In this paper we use a medium-scale DSGE model to quantitatively assess the macroeconomic stabilisation properties of a supranational unemployment insurance scheme. The model is calibrated to the euro area's core and periphery and features a rich fiscal sector, sovereign risk premia and labour market frictions. Adopting both simple policy rules and optimal policies, our simulations point to enhanced business cycle synchronisation and interregional consumption smoothing. Depending on the exact specification, the results suggest a reduction in the volatility of consumption by up to 49% at the region-level, while the cross-regional correlation of unemployment and inflation increases by up to 52% and 27%, respectively, compared to the decentralised setting. The higher degree of inter-regional risk-sharing comes at the cost of sizable fiscal transfers. Limiting such transfers via claw-back mechanisms implies a much weaker degree of stabilisation across countries.

Keywords: fiscal union, monetary union, optimal policy, unemployment insurance

JEL Classification: F45, E63, E62, E24

Suggested Citation

Kaufmann, Christoph and Attinasi, Maria Grazia and Hauptmeier, Sebastian, Macroeconomic Stabilisation Properties of a Euro Area Unemployment Insurance Scheme (June, 2020). ECB Working Paper No. 20202428, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3635348

Christoph Kaufmann (Contact Author)

European Central Bank ( email )

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Germany

Maria Grazia Attinasi

European Central Bank (ECB) ( email )

Sonnemannstrasse 22
Frankfurt am Main, 60314
Germany

Sebastian Hauptmeier

European Central Bank (ECB) - Directorate General Economics ( email )

Kaiserstrasse 29
D-60311 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

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