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A Theory of Employment, Unemployment and Sickness

  • Christina Beatty
  • Stephen Fothergill
  • Rob Macmillan
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    BEATTY C., FOTHERGILL S. and MACMILLAN R. (2000) A theory of employment, unemployment and sickness, Reg. Studies 34, 617-630. This paper explains how the measurement of unemployment is distorted by the way that 'sickness' is defined and counted by social security systems. Drawing on the concepts of 'hidden sickness', 'the queue for jobs' and 'hidden unemployment', and on empirical observations from the UK, it shows how job loss can result in increased recorded sickness rather than recorded unemployment. It also shows how this process may vary between localities and countries. The argument has profound implications for perceptions of the true extent of unemployment and of labour market disparities between regions. BEATTY C., FOTHERGILL S. et MACMILLAN R. (2000) L'emploi, le ch�mage et la maladie: une théorie, Reg. Studies 34, 617-630. Cet article cherchèaexpliquer comment la mesure du ch�mage s'avère fausséèacause de la fac�on dont la Sécu définit 'maladie' et la comptabilise. Puisant dans des notions de 'maladie déguisée', 'file d'attente pour l'emploi' et 'ch�mage déguisé', et à partir des preuves empiriques provenant du R-U, on laisse voir comment la perte d'emploi peut entr� L ner une hausse du nombre des maladies comptabilisées plut�t qu'une augmentation du nombre des ch�meurs inscrits. On laisse voir aussi comment ce processus varie suivant la région et le pays. Les retombées de cet argument remettent clairement en question le vrai niveau du ch�mage et l'ampleur des disparités interrégionales entre les marchés du travail. BEATTY C., FOTHERGILL S. und MACMILLAN R. (2000) Eine Theorie der Erwerbstätigkeit, Arbeitslosigkeit und Krankheit, Reg. Studies 34, 617-630. Dieser Aufsatz erklärt, wie die Messung der Arbeitslosigkeit durch die Art und Weise der Definition und Zählung von 'Krankheit' durch Sozialversicherungssystemen bestimmt wird. Gestützt auf die Begriffe, 'versteckte Krankheit', 'Warteliste der Arbeitsuchenden' und 'versteckte Arbeitslosigkeit' sowie auf empirische Beobachtungen in Gro�britannien, zeigt er auf, wie Verlust des Arbeitsplatzes eher zu vermehrter Registrierung von Krankheit als Registrierung von Arbeitslosigkeit führen kann. Er zeigt auch, wie dieser Vorgang von Ort zu Ort und von Land zu Land schwanken kann. Das Argument hat tiefgreifende Implikationen für die Einschätzung des wahren Ausma�es der Arbeitslosigkeit und regionaler Ungleichheiten im Arbeitsmarkt.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

    Volume (Year): 34 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 7 (October)
    Pages: 617-630

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