Has the Dutch Miracle Come to an End?

43 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2003

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Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Date Written: April 2003


In the past decades unemployment in the Netherlands has gone down substantially. The main suspects responsible for this decline are the growth of part-time labor, the reform of the benefit system and wage moderation. Nevertheless, in 2002 the unemployment rate in the Netherlands has increased somewhat. However, since the huge decline in unemployment was due to structural improvements in the functioning of the labor market there is not a lot of reason to worry about the recent rise in unemployment. The current structure of the labor market is a lot "healthier" than it was in the early 1980s. Therefore, the upward movement of the unemployment rate is bound to be a mild one.

Keywords: Unemployment, Employment

JEL Classification: J3, J5, J6

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C., Has the Dutch Miracle Come to an End? (April 2003). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 917. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=396461

Jan C. Van Ours (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
+31 13 466 2880 (Phone)
+31 13 466 3042 (Fax)

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010

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