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Just for a few Euros. Tales of Ordinary Unemployment
The insurance against involuntary unemployment in many developed countries is one of the crucial policies aimed to support workers’ income. In Italy, however it has just a marginal role.
Furthermore, it is been criticized for many years, particularly for the low rate of coverage of the target population. In this paper we show that the weaknesses and inconsistencies in the design of ordinary unemployment benefit - the main measure against involuntary unemployment - are even more serious. The ordinary unemployment benefit in Italy is mainly used for seasonal workers, temporary workers in public service or as a substitute for the CIG when the condition to use CIG are not met. This brings to a structural imbalance between the paid contributions and the supplied benefits, with a loss for INPS.
Authors of the paper are Roberto Leombruni, Adriano Paggiaro and Ugo Trivellato.
Roberto Leombruni is researcher at the Department of Economics "Cognetti de Martiis" of the University of Turin, where he is responsible for the database WHIP - Work Histories Italian Panel, and he is senior researcher at the LABORatorio Riccardo Revelli of Moncalieri. His research interests regard labor economics, the relationship between work and health and the use of microsimulation models for policy analysis.
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