« L'Europe se fera dans les crises et elle sera la somme des solutions apportées à ces crises »—Jean Monnet
New publication out!
In this paper -written by Cinzia Alcidi, Mikkel Barslund, Matthias Busse and myself originally for the European Commission (DG Employment)- we explore the potential impacts of the establishement of an European Unemployment Benefit Scheme on labour mobility across the EU and the EMU in particular.
The paper can be downloaded free of charge from the CEPS website from this link.
Labour mobility in the EU is comparatively low, despite major efforts from the European Institutions to support cross-border mobility. This study evaluates the potential implications of a European Unemployment Benefits Scheme (EUBS) for labour mobility in the EU. We find that the introduction of an EUBS, irrespective of whether it takes the form of a genuine scheme or an equivalent scheme, is unlikely to have a substantial impact on the magnitude of EU mobility. An EUBS might be introduced alongside certain features designed to stimulate labour mobility, such as an extension of exportability of unemployment benefits or closer cooperation with national employment agencies. While both will positively impact mobility, its effect is likely to be marginal in light of the low uptake of exportability and the lagged responsiveness of mobility to shocks. Overall we assert that an EUBS may marginally facilitate labour mobility if the system is geared to advance this objective, but not more.
Alcidi, C., Barslund, M., Busse, M. and F. Nicoli (2016) will a European unemployment benefit scheme affect labour mobility? CEPS special report, 152, December 2016
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