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  • Perspectives on Regional Unemployment in Europeby Antonio Spilimbergo

    International Monetary Fund 1999; US$ 9.00

    The third stage of European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) was implemented in January 1999 against the specter of persistently high unemployment in many of the participating countries. While the high European unemployment has received considerable attention, this new IMF staff study analyzes an equally important issue: the extent of regional unemployment... more...

  • Labor Market Policies and IMF Advice in Advanced Economies during the Great Recessionby Olivier Blanchard

    International Monetary Fund 2013; US$ 5.00

    This paper does two things. First, it articulates what are the main implications of theoretical and empirical research for design of labor market policies and labor market institutions. Second, in this light, the paper analyzes the IMF?s labor market recommendations since the beginning of the crisis, both in general, and more specifically in program... more...

  • Mitigating the Social Costs of the Economic Crisis and the Reform Programs in Asiaby Marijn Verhoeven

    International Monetary Fund 1998; US$ 5.00

    This paper presents a preliminary analysis of the likely social impact of the economic crisis and the reform programs in three Asian countries?Indonesia, Korea, and Thailand. The focus is on likely changes in real consumption expenditures arising from higher inflation and increases in unemployment. The current social policy measures adopted in the... more...

  • Unemployment in Ireland: A Survey of Features and Causesby Julio Santaella

    International Monetary Fund 1995; US$ 5.00

    This paper examines the problem of unemployment in Ireland. A brief description of the main distinctive features of the structure of Irish unemployment is presented. Based on up to date literature, the possible causes behind unemployment are reviewed. Empirical studies that have quantified the contributions of different determinants to the increase... more...

  • Petroleum Product Subsidies: Costly, Inequitable, and On the Riseby John Piotrowski

    International Monetary Fund 2010; US$ 5.00

    Petroleum product subsidies have again started to increase with the rebound in international prices. This note reviews recent developments in subsidy levels and argues that reforming the policy framework for setting petroleum product prices is necessary to reduce the fiscal burden of these subsidies and to address climate change. Between 2003 and... more...

  • The Human Cost of Recessions: Assessing It, Reducing Itby Mai Dao

    International Monetary Fund 2010; US$ 5.00

    Recessions leave scars on the labor market. Over 200 million people across the globe are estimated to be unemployed at present resulting from the Great Recession of 2007?09. We assess the human cost of increased unemployment by surveying what is known about the effects of past recessions. If past is prologue, the cost to the unemployed (and society)... more...

  • Equity and Efficiency in the Reform of Price Subsidies: A Guide for Policymakersby Juan Cordoba

    International Monetary Fund 2000; US$ 7.50

    This text provides guidance to policymakers on how to design and implement sound price-subsidy reforms. It draws on the experience of price-subsidy reform in 28 countries. The authors discuss economic and political considerations and make several recommendations concerning the speed of reform and social protection mechanisms. They discuss how the... more...

  • Economic Policies and Unemployment Dynamics in Europeby

    International Monetary Fund 1997; US$ 12.00

    This book, edited by S.G.B. Henry and Dennis J. Snower, examines the high unemployment that has plagued five European countries- France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom- for more than a decade. Its methodology focuses on the mechanisms that prevent employers and employees from adjusting promptly to changing market opportunities. Chief... more...

  • The Social Effects of Economic Adjustment on Arab Countriesby

    International Monetary Fund 1997; US$ 10.00

    The papers presented in this volume edited by Taher H. Kanaan - the eighth in a series of seminars sponsored by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, the Arab Monetary Fund, the IMF, and the World Bank - explore the relationship between economic reforms, growth, employment, and social sector performance. Topics discussed include the political... more...

  • German Unification: Economic Issuesby International Monetary Fund

    International Monetary Fund 1990; US$ 5.00

    This paper analyzes economic issues associated with German unification. The paper highlights that in the course of the process of German unification, the German Democratic Republic (GDR) ceased to exist as a separate state, the basic institutions of the east German economy were essentially demolished and replaced, and the governments of the Federal... more...