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Optimal unemployment insurance with monitoring and sanctions

Abstract of Working paper 2002:21

This paper analyzes the design of optimal unemployment insurance in a search equilibrium framework where search effort among the unemployed is not perfectly observable. We examine to what extent the optimal policy involves monitoring of search effort and benefit sanctions if observed search is deemed insufficient. We find that introducing monitoring and sanctions represents a welfare improvement for reasonable estimates of monitoring costs; this conclusion holds both relative to a system featuring indefinite payments of benefits and a system with a time limit on unemployment benefit receipt.

Keywords: Unemployment insurance, search, sanctions
JEL-classification: J64, J65, J68


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Ifau

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9/22/2010