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Structural Unemployment: Demographic Change or Industrial Structure


  • Charles M. Beach
  • Stephan F. Kaliski


Changes in demographic composition and industrial structure have been used to explain rising "natural" unemployment rates in Canada. We find the change in industry mix accommodated concurrent changes in labour force structure, but the substitution within industries, rather than changes in the mix, was the principal adjustment mechanism. Hence, we find it implausible that structural changes in labour supply should have been merely a response to industrial demand

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  • Charles M. Beach & Stephan F. Kaliski, 1985. "Structural Unemployment: Demographic Change or Industrial Structure," Working Papers 624, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:624

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    1. Frank Reid & Douglas A. Smith, 1981. "The Impact of Demographic Changes on Unemployment," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 7(2), pages 348-351, Spring.
    2. S. F. Kaliski, 1984. "Why Must Unemployment Remain so High?," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 10(2), pages 127-141, June.
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