Tagged: unemployment

There’s no place like home - FutureworkNZ

Guest Author Jul 11, 2019

Tim Maddock    Why don’t people move as often as economists expect? Some regions in New Zealand have much higher rates of unemployment than others. These differences are persistent, with little change over the past thirty years. Why might this be? If workers seek higher pay (and unemployment is painful) then we would expect workers in struggling regions to … Read More

Are ‘dumped’ workers pressured into ‘rebound’ jobs in NZ? - FutureworkNZ

Guest Author May 30, 2019

Tim Maddock    Are fast rates of re-employment always a good thing? New Zealand’s incidence of long-term unemployment is very low compared to other OECD countries. And, according to data from 2003-10, New Zealanders who lose their jobs involuntarily regain employment quickly, by international standards. But is the story actually all that rosy? Could people be choosing to take … Read More

Unemployment doesn’t strike evenly… - The Dismal Science

Donal Curtin May 04, 2018

Yesterday’s labour force data for the March quarter came out much as expected: forecasters had been expecting a 0.6% increase in employment, and they got it, and they also got their predicted 4.4% unemployment rate, down from 4.5% in the December ’17 quarter. Even if there were no immediate dramas in the data, it’s still worth picking out one aspect … Read More

Economic freedom and labour market conditions - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Jul 09, 2013

An interesting new paper on Economic Freedom and Labor Market Conditions: Evidence from the States by Lauren R. Heller and E. Frank Stephenson. The abstract reads: Using 1981–2009 data for the 50 states, this article examines the relationship between economic freedom and the unemployment rate, the labor force participation rate, and the employment-population ratio. After controlling for a variety … Read More

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