Dark Corners in a Bright Economy; The Lack of Jobs for Unskilled Men
AbstractThis paper discusses the large reductions in full-time employment among unskilled Australian males that began in the 1970's and continued over the next three to four decades. Over this period, each recession led to large falls in the male full-time employment-population ratio and during each economic recovery the employment ratio failed to move back to previous levels. Unemployment fell during each output recovery, not in response to employment gains, but in response to large scale withdrawals from the labour market into the welfare system. The loss of unskilled jobs for men has been associated with falling marriage rates and increasing use of the welfare system by single women. The paper concludes by briefly assessing some of the impacts of the new resource boom on these long run labour market and welfare trends and discusses the potential for different labour market outcomes emerging across mineral and non-mineral states.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Center for Economic Institutions, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series CEI Working Paper Series with number 2010-6.
Length: 31 p.
Date of creation: Dec 2010
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Employment; Unskilled jobs;
Other versions of this item:
- Gregory, Robert G, 2012. "Dark corners in a bright economy: the lack of jobs for unskilled men," Australian Bulletin of Labour, National Institute of Labour Studies, vol. 38(1), pages 2-25.
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