TITLE

Unemployed – and Unwilling to Work?

AUTHOR(S)
Brenke, Karl
PUB. DATE
June 2002
SOURCE
Economic Bulletin;2002, Vol. 39 Issue 6, p187
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
It is frequently claimed that the unemployed are not sufficiently willing to work. The Socio-Economic Panel examined the accuracy of this assertion using its own survey data. In fact, most of those who are registered unemployed, about 80% are available for work, one-fifth do not want to take up any further employment at all. Then there are those registered unemployed who show very little inclination for immediate employment take-up. In addition to those who are unemployed on the grounds of ill health, this includes, in particular, women with children in the old German states. For them, too, unemployment is a transitional stage. Lacking readiness to seek employment is thus, above all, the result of limitations on access to the labour market, on the one hand, childcare provision is lacking, on the other, the incentives to early retirement are too strong. Although it is vital for long-neglected family policies to finally take centre-stage, this should not lead to a deterioration of labour market prospects for younger women.
ACCESSION #
6832399

 

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