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Optimal Social Assistance and Umemployment Insurance in a Life-Cycle Model of Family Labor Supply and Savings

Peter Haan and Victoria Prowse

Purdue University Economics Working Papers from Purdue University, Department of Economics

Abstract: We analyze empirically the optimal mix and optimal generosity of social insurance and assistance programs. For this purpose, we specify a structural life-cycle model of the labor supply and savings decisions of singles and married couples. Partial insurance against wage and employment shocks is provided by social programs, savings, and the labor supplies of all adult household members. We show that the optimal policy mix focuses mainly on social assistance, which guarantees a permanent universal minimum household income, with a minor role for temporary earnings-related unemployment insurance. Optimal social assistance is moderately generous. Reflecting that married couples obtain intra-household insurance by making labor supply choices for both spouses, we also show that the optimal generosity of social assistance is decreasing in the proportion of married individuals in the population.

Keywords: Unemployment insurance; Social assistance; Design of benefit programs; Life-cycle labor supply; Family labor supply; Intra-household insurance; Household savings; Employment risk; Added worker effect. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H21 I38 J18 J68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 56 pages
Date: 2017-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dge, nep-ias, nep-lab and nep-pbe
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