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Macroeconomic Unemployment and Structural Unemployment

  • Pierre Fortin
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    During the 1990s, the lowest sustainable rate of unemployment (LSRU) in Canada declined from the 7.5-to-8% range to perhaps around 6%. Barring an international recession and excessive rigidity on the part of the central bank, Canada could achieve this 6% unemployment level within a few quarters. There is a good persumption that eliminating macroeconomic unemployment and keeping the unemployment rate close to the LSRU level could help reduce structural unemployment.

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    Article provided by University of Toronto Press in its journal Canadian Public Policy.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2000)
    Issue (Month): s1 (July)
    Pages: 125-130

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    Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:26:y:2000:i:s1:p:125-130
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