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Labour Market Inactivity and Social Security: A European Comparison


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  • Kristina Budimir


  • Rainer Eppel
  • Ulrike Famira-Mühlberger


  • Ulrike Huemer


  • Christine Mayrhuber


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    Compared to eight other European countries (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden, UK), Austria's labour market performance is better than average. In 2008, a higher-than-average share of the working-age population (15 to 64 years) had jobs and the share of the unemployed was comparatively low. However, a higher-than-average share was economically inactive. Noticably, the share, in this group of countries, of working-age persons who are economically inactive and say they are willing to work yet are not seeking a job at the moment or are not immediately available is largest in Austria, which points at a large unexploited labour pool in Austria.

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    Article provided by WIFO in its journal WIFO-Monatsberichte.

    Volume (Year): 83 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 12 (December)
    Pages: 955-967

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    Handle: RePEc:wfo:monber:y:2010:i:12:p:955-967

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