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They say that that particular bit of conventional wisdom is particularly widespread among economist, who should be the ones more familiar with the facts, such as
According to the OECD's 1999 evaluation of EPL, "the basic finding appears robust: overall unemployment is not significantly related to EPL strictness". The OECD's conclusion was reaffirmed in 2006 in what is perhaps the most careful test of its kind to date".
Now, does the OECD also advocate relaxing EPL as a policy in order to improve unemployment, and does the OECD qualify as an economic science or an economic propaganda outlet?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 26th, 2006 at 01:05:45 PM EST
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