Unemployed – and Unwilling to Work?

Brenke, Karl
June 2002
Economic Bulletin;2002, Vol. 39 Issue 6, p187
Academic Journal
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.


Related Articles

  • Time will tell.  // Crain's Cleveland Business;8/26/2002, Vol. 23 Issue 34, p8 

    Comments on the approval of the Retirement Incentive Program in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Arguments regarding the importance of the incentive program; Reason for the increasing rate of unemployment; Need for balance in the budget by the local government.

  • Restrict early retirement to make the pension reform a success.  // OECD Economic Surveys: Finland;May2006, Vol. 2006 Issue 5, p63 

    A wide-ranging pension reform was introduced at the beginning of 2005. A central objective is to extend working lives by 2-3 years. However, success is likely to depend on further curtailment of early retirement pathways which will otherwise blunt the improved financial incentives to work longer...

  • Hybrid plans used in cost cutting. Anand, Vineeta // Pensions & Investments;5/15/2000, Vol. 28 Issue 10, p20 

    Focuses on an increase in the number of large employers using hybrid pension plans in the United States. Opportunity to drop subsidized early retirement programs; Companies' redistribution of a portion of their savings into their employers' pension and retirement plans; Low unemployment rate in...

  • REDUCTION IN THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT OF THE ELDERLY: A SUCCESS STORY FROM FINLAND. Kyyrä, Tomi; Wilke, Ralf A. // Journal of the European Economic Association;Mar2007, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p154 

    In several European countries the elderly unemployed are allowed to collect unemployment benefits up to a certain age limit, after which they can retire via some early retirement scheme. In Finland the eligibility age of persons benefiting from this kind of scheme was raised from 53 to 55 in...

  • Labour market reforms to boost employment.  // OECD Economic Surveys: Belgium;Mar2007, Vol. 2007 Issue 3, p65 

    Employment growth has picked up since 2004, and so has labour supply, reflecting government policies to encourage participation. Nonetheless, unemployment is persistent and particularly high for certain groups, such as older and younger workers. Moreover, important geographical differences in...

  • Maintaining the reform drive to make labour market improvements more lasting.  // OECD Economic Surveys: Germany;Apr2008, Vol. 2008 Issue 7, p69 

    Labour market outcomes are improving rapidly in the current upswing, also reflecting previous reform efforts. To make those improvements more lasting, but also to widen the positive effects, further reform efforts should focus on: i) raising the number of hours worked per person employed; ii)...

  • Collect early and often. Jason, Gary // Liberty (08941408);Sep2009, Vol. 23 Issue 8, p18 

    In this article, the author shares his insights on another article published in the "L.A. Times" on May 24, 2009, "Early Retirement Claims Increase Dramatically," by Mike Dorning. He presents Dorning's speculation that people are retiring early because of the financial pressure of being...

  • Women in the Labor Market. Gruzdeva, Elena; Rzhanitsyna, Liudmila; Khotkina, Zoia // Problems of Economic Transition;Feb93, Vol. 35 Issue 10, p45 

    Focuses on the objective and subjective causes of women's vulnerability to unemployment in Russia. Qualitative parameters of female labor force; Predominance of female specialists in average occupations; System of vocational retraining and skill-level upgrading.

  • Unemployment for women 56% in East Germany.  // Women's International Network News;Winter91, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p66 

    Reports on the rate of unemployment of women in East Germany. Social conditions; Comparison of unemployment rate with men's; Industrial sectors where women are most affected.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics