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A supply-side explanation of European unemployment

  • Lars Ljungqvist
  • Thomas J. Sargent

This article offers a supply-side explanation of striking patterns in unemployment rates and duration of unemployment in European countries, compared with other member countries of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). The rise in long-term unemployment in Europe is attributed to the adverse incentive effects of generous welfare programs in times of economic turbulence.

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Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in its journal Economic Perspectives.

Volume (Year): (1996)
Issue (Month): Sep ()
Pages: 2-15

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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhep:y:1996:i:sep:p:2-15:n:v.20no.5
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  2. Lars Ljungqvist & Thomas J. Sargent, 1995. "The European unemployment dilemma," Working Paper Series, Macroeconomic Issues 95-17, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
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