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Gerechtigkeit und Marktwirtschaft - das Problem der Arbeitslosigkeit

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  • Malte Faber
  • Thomas Petersen

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This article offers a conceptual framework for analysing involuntary unemployment using the concepts of justice and income distribution within a market economy. Conventionally, it is argued that involuntary unemployment causes a deadweight loss in social welfare, because it involves the under-use of a productive resource. We explore this efficiency argument with a public choice approach, employing the notion of homo oeconomicus. We contrast this with a perspective using the concept of homo politicus, which stresses social justice. We apply our findings to the special case of German social reform, especially Hartz IV, and show that some of its policy recommendations are in accordance with our analysis. Copyright 2008 die Autoren Journal compilation 2008, Verein für Socialpolitik und Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Malte Faber & Thomas Petersen, 2008. "Gerechtigkeit und Marktwirtschaft - das Problem der Arbeitslosigkeit," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 9(4), pages 405-423, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:perwir:v:9:y:2008:i:4:p:405-423
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