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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

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