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The West European employment problem

  • Assar Lindbeck

How do we explain the poor employment performance in Western Europe since about the-1970s? This question is in fact twofold : What initiated the dramatic rise in employment, and waht mechanisms have made it continue for so long? My attemps to answer these questions from the basis for a discussion of various policy options.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv.

Volume (Year): 132 (1996)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 609-637

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