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The West European Employment Problem

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  • Lindbeck, A

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How do we explain the poor employment performance in Western Europe since about the mid-1970s? This question is in fact twofold : what initiated the dramatic rise in unemployment, and what mechanisms have make it continue for so long. My attempts to answer these questions form the basis for a discussion of various policy options. A main point of the paper is the complex interaction, often in the form of complementarities, between different explanatory factors behind the West European employment problem.

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  • Lindbeck, A, 1996. "The West European Employment Problem," Papers 616, Stockholm - International Economic Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:stocin:616
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    Keywords

    UNEMPLOYMENT ; EUROPE;

    JEL classification:

    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity

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