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South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences

versión On-line ISSN 2222-3436
versión impresa ISSN 1015-8812


GUPTA, Rangan  y  DU TOIT, Charlotte B. Active versus passive policies of unemployment: Growth and public finance perspectives. S. Afr. j. econ. manag. sci. [online]. 2009, vol.12, n.1, pp.1-10. ISSN 2222-3436.

This paper develops a general equilibrium endogenous growth model in an overlapping generations framework, and compares, in terms of economic growth, a passive unemployment policy (unemployment insurance) with an active unemployment policy (government expenditures targeted towards improving the job-finding probability of an unemployed). Besides, the standard result of unemployment being growth reducing, under realistic parameterisation, we show that the government, under an active policy, can generate higher growth without any compromise on its own consumption, when compared to the unemployment benefit regime. The result, however, depends crucially on the efficiency with which the resources are spent in creating employment.

Palabras clave : Active and passive policies of unemployment; unemployment benefits; endogenous growth.

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