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Arbeitsmarktpolitik in der Europäischen Währungsunion

  • Norbert Berthold
  • Rainer Fehn
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    While policymakers in Europe were busy implementing EMU during the past decade, persistently high unemployment, which should have been the main policy issue from a normative point of view, was essentially left untackled in most continental European countries. This poses the urgent question of which approach labor market policy should now take in fighting unemployment and which changes have come about with EMU. To deal with this question, the article proceeds in three steps. It is first shown that a web of institutions in labor, goods and capital markets, which are different from those Anglo-Saxon countries and which are interconnected by politico-economic forces, is to blame for the dismal situation on most continental European labor markets. Secondly, it is argued that EMU is not likely to boost employment growth automatically. Thirdly, it is outlined which are the key policy measures to alleviate unemployment in continental Europe and it is discussed whether EMU makes the actual implementation of these measures more likely. Copyright Verein fü Socialpolitik und Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2002

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    Article provided by Verein für Socialpolitik in its journal Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik.

    Volume (Year): 3 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 3 (08)
    Pages: 317-345

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