© 1998

Mismatch Explanations of European Unemployment

A Critical Evaluation


Part of the European and Transatlantic Studies book series (EUROPEANSTUDIES)

About this book


The peristence of European unemployment stands in striking contrast to the cyclical pattern of unemployment in the US. Many people attribute the rise in European unemployment to increased imbalances between the pattern of labour demand and supply - in other words, to greater mismatch, but existing mismatch indicators do not support this view. However, the obvious inference is not legitimate because the evidence is based on trended data, and thus gives rise to spurious statistical results. To get around the problem, the author uses the dynamic flow approach to structural unemployment and disaggregated data. The reader will find new results on "non-spurious" mismatch tendencies, occupational reallocation, the matching of apprentices, and the importance of matching and mobility for wage differentials.


Arbeitslosigkeit Arbeitsmarktökonomie Beschäftigung Beveridge-Kurve Employment Import Mismatch beveridge curve economics labor economics labor market labour economics time series analysis unemployment Ökonomie

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für VolkswirtschaftslehreUniversity of WürzburgWürzburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mismatch Explanations of European Unemployment
  • Book Subtitle A Critical Evaluation
  • Authors Horst Entorf
  • Editors Michele Fratianni
  • Series Title European and Transatlantic Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin · Heidelberg 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-64056-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-63789-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-58919-5
  • Series ISSN 1431-3006
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 206
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Economic Theory/Quantitative Economics/Mathematical Methods
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"This well-documetned book gives intersting suggestions and provides a good synthesis of the mismatch theory, to whose development the author contributed. It will no doubt be useful to econometrists."
European Review