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Title:East German unemployment : the myth of the irrelevant labor market PDF Logo
Authors:Merkl, Christian
Snower, Dennis J.
Issue Date:2008
Citation:[Series:] Kiel working paper [No.:] 1435 [Editor:] Kiel Inst. for the World Economy, Kiel
Series/Report no.:Kiel working paper 1435
Abstract:This paper indicates that East Germany's unemployment originates primarily in the labor market, caused by the fast wage adjustment after German reunification. We model the resulting labor market traps in a search and matching framework, show that they are difficult to overcome, and provide empirical evidence. We argue that under these circumstances, demand-side policies are effective mainly when they increase the economy's overall productivity and thereby help overcome the labor market traps.
Subjects:Unemployment
labor market trap
East Germany
JEL:E24
J30
J64
P2
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Kieler Arbeitspapiere, IfW
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