Understanding Unemployment in Developed Industrial Economies

  • Michael J. Piore
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In the last decade, most industrial countries have operated at levels of unemployment which, in previous times, would have seemed inconceivable. Even in the United States, ‘normal’ rates of unemployment in the latter half of the 1970s have been almost twice those of the 1960s, and whereas we used to speak in the 1950s and 1960s as if the ‘full employment’ level of unemployment was in the range of 3.5 to 4 per cent of the labour force, that level is now almost universally taken to be around 6 per cent.


Labour Force Full Employment Relative Wage Black Youth Rigid Wage 
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  1. 1.
    For a full development of these ideas, see Michael J. Piore (ed.), Unemployment and Inflation: Institutionalist and Structuralist Views (Sharpe Press, 1979).Google Scholar

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© International Economic Association 1983

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  • Michael J. Piore
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  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSA

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