Mismatch and Labour Mobility

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High and persistent unemployment has been experienced by most developed countries during the 1980s. Many researchers have sought to explain this development in terms of mismatch, arguing that the economies that have suffered most from persistently high unemployment are those that have been least flexible in matching their unemployed with the available employment opportunities. This conference proceedings volume examines the evidence on sectoral wage differentials, labor mobility and the ratio of unemployment to job vacancies in detailed studies of seven countries with a wide variety of labor market and macroeconomic structures: the United States, Japan, West Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521100458
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/18/2009
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1. A cross-country comparison of sectoral mismatch in the 1980s Fiorella Padoa Schioppa; 2. Mismatch: a framework for thought R. Jackman, R. Layard and S. Savouri; Discussion Sherwin Rosen; 3. Match and mismatch on the German labour market Wolfgang Franz; Discussion Renato Brunetta; 4. Mismatch in Japan Giorgio Brunello; Discussion Sushil Wadhwani; 5. Mismatch and internal migration in Spain, 1962–86 Samuel Bentolila and Juan J. Dolado; Discussion Nicola Rossi; 6. Regional inequalities, migration and mismatch in Italy, 1960–86 Orazio P. Attanasio and Fiorella Padoa Schioppa; Discussion Giuseppe Bertola; 7. Skill shortages and structural unemployment in Britain: a (mis)matching approach Charles R. Bean and Christopher A. Pissarides; Discussion Ugo Trivellato; 8. Labour market tightness and the mismatch between demand and supply of less-educated young men in the United States in the 1980s Richard B. Freeman; Discussion Michael Burda; 9. Skill mismatch, training systems and equilibrium unemployment: a comparative institutional analysis David Soskice; 10. Unemployment, vacancies and labour market programmes: Swedish evidence Per-Anders Edin and Bertil Holmlund; Discussion Dennis J. Snower; 11. Mismatch and labour mobility: some final remarks Katherine G. Abraham and S.J. Nickell; Index.

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