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British and American approaches to structural unemployment

  • William H. Miernyk
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    In the continuing controversy in this country over the approach which should be taken to combat chronic unemployment in depressed industrial areas, little reference has been made to the experience of other countries in dealing with this problem. Yet, as early as 1934, the British government was investigating the causes and extent of structural unemployment and since that time has enacted a series of measures which have proved highly successful in reducing this type of unemployment to relatively low levels. This article describes and compares the very different approaches taken to this problem by British and American policymakers and concludes that British experience has demonstrated that this country could and should take more effective steps to solve what the author calls "the most intractable unemployment problem of the postwar period." (Author's abstract courtesy EBSCO.)

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    Volume (Year): 12 (1958)
    Issue (Month): 1 (October)
    Pages: 3-19

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:12:y:1958:i:1:p:3-19
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