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Unemployment and hours of work: the North Atlantic divide revisited

Pissarides, Christopher (2007) Unemployment and hours of work: the North Atlantic divide revisited. International Economic Review, 48 (1). pp. 1-36. ISSN 0020-6598

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-2354.2007.00430.x


I examine the dynamic evolutions of unemployment, hours of work, and the service share since the war in the United States and Europe. The theoretical model brings together all three and emphasizes technological growth. Computations show that the very low unemployment in Europe in the 1960s was due to the high productivity growth associated with technological catch-up. Productivity also played a role in the dynamics of hours, but a full explanation for the fast rise of service employment and the big fall in aggregate hours needs further research. Taxation has played a role but results are mixed.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Blackwell Publishing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Collections > United States Collection
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 14:15

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