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Fighting Unemployment: The Limits of Free Market Orthodoxy

David Howell


Much of Europe remains plagued by high levels of unemployment. Fighting Unemployment critically assesses the widely accepted view that the culprit is excessive labor market regulation and overly generous welfare state benefits. The chapters include both cross-country statistical analyses and country case studies and are authored by economists from seven North American and European countries. They challenge the standard free market prescription that lower wages for less skilled workers, weaker labor unions, greater decentralization in bargaining, less generous unemployment benefits, and much le ... More

Keywords: flexibility, unemployment, inequality, wages, earnings, labor markets, labor market regulation, deregulation, labor market institutions, welfare state, free markets

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195165845
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195165845.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Howell, editor
Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University

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