Unemployment Insurance and Labour Productivity over the Business Cycle
Review of Economic Dynamics, 2022, vol. 46, 196-223
This paper quantifies the effects of the increasing maximum unemployment insurance (UI) duration during recessions on the drop in the correlation between output and labour productivity in the U.S. since the early 1980's - the so-called productivity puzzle. Using a general equilibrium search and matching model with stochastic UI duration, heterogeneous match quality, variable search intensity and on-the-job search, I demonstrate that the model can explain over 40 percent of the drop in this correlation (28 percent when the Great Moderation is taken into account). More generous UI extensions during recent recessions cause workers to be more selective with job offers and lower job search effort. The former channel raises the overall productivity in bad times. The latter prolongs UI extensions since in the U.S. they are triggered by high unemployment. (Copyright: Elsevier)
Keywords: Business cycles; Labour productivity; Unemployment insurance; Search and matching; Match quality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 E32 J24 J64 J65 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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