Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/122182
Authors: 
Davoine, Thomas
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Reihe Ökonomie / Economics Series, Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS) 311
Abstract: 
The paper provides a theoretical rationale for flexicurity policies, which consist of low employment protection, generous unemployment insurance and active labor market programmes. It analyzes in which conditions flexicurity can be optimal. Low employment protection encourages costly education efforts to access high productivity and high innovation sectors, with firms more likely to survive and thus not exposing much their workers to unemployment risk. Activation programmes support the reallocation flow from unproductive to productive firms, helping to reduce unemployment. Low employment protection thus provides incentives for costly self-insurance against unemployment risk through education, mitigating the moral hazard cost of unemployment insurance and activation programmes. The paper provides realistic numerical illustrations where flexicurity is optimal, and where it is not optimal.
Subjects: 
flexicurity
unemployment insurance
job protection
active labor market policy
education
JEL: 
J64
J65
J68
J32
H30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
767.26 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.