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this is a topic that I intend to address regularly, but I have done only partial research so far.

There are a number of questions:

  • wealth vs inequality (or growth of average vs growth of median - for a number of statistics);

  • tax levels - this is one of the usual things associated with the (sclerotic) "European model", but can be quite separate from the issue of labor flexibility;

  • unemployment vs total workforce employment (i.e. the proportion of people in a given age category that work);

  • total hours worked vs total number of workers (part time schemes, number of jobs per person, etc)

  • procedures to fire people.

It's important to distinguish them, but it's hard to get started!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 21st, 2005 at 01:00:50 PM EST
It is vital, which is why I'm interested. I don't believe that a lot of the propaganda is justified, but there's no point throwing it all out since there clearly are real problems in the Eurozone.

It seems essential to the free-market ideologues that the EU model is discredited, and the entrenched power groups in the EU are going to fight even necessary changes tooth and nail. Finding anything resembling the truth of the matter seems like an interesting job.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 21st, 2005 at 01:14:39 PM EST
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I hope that I have enough credibility as a critic of the French and other European systems to be heard when I say what works or not. We'll see...

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 21st, 2005 at 01:41:20 PM EST
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The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us. -- Calvin and Hobbes
by SteveK on Tue Jun 21st, 2005 at 11:18:28 PM EST
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