Fighting Unemployment: The Limits of Free Market Orthodoxy

Paperback | December 15, 2004

EditorDavid R. Howell

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With much of Europe plagued by high levels of unemployment, it has become widely accepted that the culprit is labor market rigidity and that the prescription can only be labor market deregulation: lower wages, higher earnings inequality, greater decentralization in bargaining, less generousunemployment benefits, more hiring flexibility, and less job security. Fighting Unemployment critically assesses this free market orthodoxy. With cross-country statistical analyses and country case studies, leading economists from seven North American and European countries contend that thisconventional wisdom has greatly exaggerated the extent to which the unemployment problem can be blamed on protective labor market institutions and that the case for dismantling the welfare state to fight unemployment rests more on free market ideology than on the empirical evidence. The largermessage of this book is that fundamentally different labor market models - ranging from the 'American Model' to the much more regulated and coordinated Scandinavian systems - are compatible with low unemployment.

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With much of Europe plagued by high levels of unemployment, it has become widely accepted that the culprit is labor market rigidity and that the prescription can only be labor market deregulation: lower wages, higher earnings inequality, greater decentralization in bargaining, less generousunemployment benefits, more hiring flexibility...

David Howell, is Associate Dean and Professor of economics and public policy at the Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University (New York City). He also teaches in the Economics Department of the Graduate Faculty and is a Research Associate at the University's Center for Economic Policy Analysis (CEPA)...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.98 inPublished:December 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195165853

ISBN - 13:9780195165852

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"This is a 'must-read' book that confronts the conventional wisdom on unemployment without resort to ideology and makes a compelling case that deregulating labor markets and sharply curtailing welfare institutions such as unemployment benefits will not cure unemployment. The evidence againstthe conventional wisdom mounts as one reads through the chapters."-Eileen Applebaum, Professor, School of Management and Labor Relations Director, Center for Women and Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey