Unemployment in Greece : A Survey of the Issues

Author/Editor:

Dimitri G Demekas ; Zenon Kontolemis

Publication Date:

August 1, 1996

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Summary:

The Greek unemployment rate rose from 2 percent in the 1960s to 9-10 percent in the 1990s. This reflected the increase in female participation rates, the slowdown in growth, the restructuring of production, and the increased mismatch between jobs and job seekers. But the most crucial factor was the persistence of real wage aspirations. The paper develops and tests a model that attributes this to the rapid expansion in the number of easy, life-time government jobs and the increase in the public/private wage differential during the 1980s.

Series:

Working Paper No. 96/91

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 1996

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451951714/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0911996

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

72

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