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The Vanishing U.S.-E.U. Employment Gap

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  • Christian Grisse
  • Thomas Klitgaard
  • Aysegul Sahin

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The employment-to-population ratio—the share of adults that are employed—has historically been much higher in the United States than in Europe. However, the gap narrowed dramatically in the last decade and had almost disappeared by the end of 2009. In this post, we show that the narrowing employment gap is due to three factors: declining U.S. employment rates across almost all age-gender groups; more women working in Europe, particularly prime-age and older workers; and rising employment for older European men. We link most of these shifts to the influence of underlying trends (many reflecting changes in European social policies) and to differences in labor market performance during the Great Recession.

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  • Christian Grisse & Thomas Klitgaard & Aysegul Sahin, 2011. "The Vanishing U.S.-E.U. Employment Gap," Liberty Street Economics 20110725, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fednls:86758
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    1. Bertoldi, Moreno & Orsini, Kristian, 2020. "US and euro area growth performances: Are they so different?," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 42(4), pages 860-877.

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    Europe; United States; employment rate;

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    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance

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