Discussion paper

DP3614 Unemployment Compensation Finance and Aggregate Employment Fluctuations

Experience rating which is often treated as a simple adjustment cost is an original feature of the US unemployment benefit system. This Paper extensively addresses the effect of experience rating as an alternative to standard job protection. We provide a simple matching model of unemployment that handles both idiosyncratic and aggregate shocks. In such a framework, we show that experience rating tends to increase labour market performances. Indeed, moving toward an experience rated system tends to stabilize employment. Additionally, for reasonable parameter values average employment and production are increased over the cycle. Therefore, it may be worthwhile to shift standard job protection measures toward a more experience rated system.


Malherbet, F and O L'Haridon (2002), ‘DP3614 Unemployment Compensation Finance and Aggregate Employment Fluctuations‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 3614. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp3614