New Labour and the Labour Market

Posted: 10 Oct 2000

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Richard Dickens

London School of Economics

Paul Gregg

University of Bath - Department of Social and Policy Sciences

Jonathan Wadsworth

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; William Davidson Institute; Royal Holloway College University of London

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Abstract

The recent run of good macroeconomic news masks mounting evidence that worklessness is increasingly concentrated on selected individuals, households, and socio-economic groups and in geographical areas. These distributional aspects have been overlooked or ignored over the last 20 years, but we believe they now form the most pressing labour-market and social problems facing this administration. We focus on what we view as the government?s selected priorities: the concentration of unemployment on certain individuals, groups, and areas; increasing inactivity, especially marked among less educated, older men; low pay, persistence of low wages, and its relationship with job loss; and the distribution of work across households and child poverty. Many of these problems leave lasting scars on individuals, so that successful intervention may beneficially change an individual?s life-chances. We examine the evidence on each of these issues and the current state of policy aimed to reduce their scale or intensity.

JEL Classification: J11, J64

Suggested Citation

Dickens, Richard and Gregg, Paul and Wadsworth, Jonathan, New Labour and the Labour Market. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=229045

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Jonathan Wadsworth

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