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It takes two: employment polarisation in the OECD

Gregg, Paul (1996) It takes two: employment polarisation in the OECD. CEPDP (304). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Unemployment is a well established measure for individuals'' desire for work but measures of poverty and most benefit systems focus on the household. This paper documents worklessness at a household level for 13 OECD countries over the last ten years. Variations in family size and the distribution of the available work across families leads to variation in workless households which are far more uniform across countries than unemployment or employment rates. For instance in 1994 Luxembourg had the lowest workless household rate at 10.5% and Ireland the highest at 22.3%. The paper goes on to explore the variation across family type and over time for the OECD countries and evaluates how powerful employment growth is in tackling worklessness across households.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 1996 Paul Gregg
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2008 12:09
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2021 11:46

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