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The Swedish unemployment experience
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2009 (English)In: Oxford review of economic policy, ISSN 0266-903X, E-ISSN 1460-2121, Vol. 25, no 1, 109-125 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

By international standards, unemployment in Sweden remained remarkably low throughout the 1970s and the 1980s. In the early 1990s, however, the unemployment rate increased sharply and hit double-digit levels. The paper argues that the steep rise in unemployment was mainly the result of a series of adverse macroeconomic shocks, partly self-inflicted by bad policies, and partly caused by unfavourable international developments. The extremely contractionary monetary policy in 1992 appears to have had strong and long-lasting effects on unemployment. Institutional factors do not appear as convincing explanations of the steep rise in unemployment in the early 1990s.

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2009. Vol. 25, no 1, 109-125 p.
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Labour-market institutions, Monetary policy, Unemployment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-108474DOI: 10.1093/oxrep/grp002ISI: 000266345200007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-108474DiVA: diva2:235982
Available from: 2009-09-18 Created: 2009-09-18 Last updated: 2010-12-29Bibliographically approved

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