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From Golden Age to Golden Age: Australia's 'Great Leap Forward'?

  • PAUL FRIJTERS
  • ROBERT GREGORY

The 25�years after World War II witnessed strong labour market institutions and beneficial labour market outcomes - high wage growth and integration of low-skilled immigrants. Then came the macro shocks of the mid-1970s. Labour market outcomes deteriorated as full-time employment-population ratios fell, particularly among men; unemployment and welfare use increased; and real wages grew slowly. The golden age passed. In response, successive governments have increasingly begun to dismantle the institutional framework. We address this transition within a simple long-run graphical framework to help us marshal facts and arguments and to discuss the likely impact of institutional reform. Copyright © 2006 The Economic Society of Australia.

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Volume (Year): 82 (2006)
Issue (Month): 257 (06)
Pages: 207-224

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