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The European Unemployment Dilemma

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  • Ljungqvist, Lars

    (Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Sargent, Thomas J.

    (Hoover Institution, Stanford, and University of Chicago)

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Post World War II European welfare states experienced several decades of relatively low unemployment, followed by a plague of persistently high unemployment since the 1980s. We impute the higher unemployment to welfare states' diminished ability to cope with more turbulent economic times, such as the ongoing restructuring from manufacturing to the service industry, adoption of new information technologies and a rapidly changing international economy. We use a general equilibrium search model where workers accumulate skills on the job and lose skills during unemployment.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 481.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 21 Apr 1997
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0481

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Keywords: Unemployment; Economic turbulence; Welfare state; Europe;

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