, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 122–130 | Cite as

The end of full employment? On economic development in industrialized countries

  • Eileen Appelbaum
  • Ronald Schettkat


In view of high and rising jobless rates in the industrialized countries the solution of the unemployment problem becomes a cardinal question for politicians and economists. What factors have determined the unemployment trend since the 1960s and what conclusions can be drawn for employment policy?


Productivity Growth Real Wage Employment Growth Wage Differential Full Employment 
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© HWWA and Springer-Verlag 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eileen Appelbaum
    • 1
  • Ronald Schettkat
    • 2
  1. 1.Economic Policy InstituteWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Wissenschaftszentrum BerlinGermany

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