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Are Protective Labor Market Institutions Really at the Root of Unemployment? A Critical Perspective

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Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author(s): David R. Howell; Dean Baker; Andrew Glyn; John Schmitt

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Trade unions; Labor markets; Home ownership

Type: Report

Coverage: Europe


This report debunks the myth that labor market protections, such as unions and unemployment benefits, are responsible for high European unemployment rates. This is a working paper version of an article published in Capitalism and Society. As published in Capitalism and Society: