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Qualified workers have very strong incentives to work, even in the generous European welfare states. These kind of people do not become unemployed because they "choose" to.
Nobody does, even unqualified workers... If nothing else, because the "generous European welfare states" don't allow people to stay on benefits for ever. After less than 2 years unemployed, you're likely to end up homeless "even in Europe".

Keynesianism is intellectually hard, as evidenced by the inability of many trained economists to get it - Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 26th, 2011 at 11:25:53 AM EST
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Not in Sweden... The only homeless people in Sweden are either students who can't find a place to live because there aren't enough houses in university towns, or chronic drunks/narcotics users, often with severe mental problems. These unfortunates have their plight increased by the somewhat retarded Swedish narcotics and mental care policies.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Thu Jan 27th, 2011 at 08:10:35 PM EST
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From a brief trawl of Swedish government homeless statistics.

less than 2/3 of Swedish homeless have drink or drug problems,(Just over 2/3 of male, less than half of female) and it's hard to tell which are the cause or effect of the homelessness., only just over 1/3 of Swedish homeless have mental health problems. A maximum of 9% fall under the no other group, which would include students

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Jan 27th, 2011 at 09:15:52 PM EST
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I bet this depends on the given definition of homelessness, like people over 18 still living at home, and so on.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Fri Jan 28th, 2011 at 06:40:06 AM EST
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In what universe does someone living with their parents qualify as "homeless"?

Keynesianism is intellectually hard, as evidenced by the inability of many trained economists to get it - Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jan 28th, 2011 at 07:17:41 AM EST
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The Swedish one, possibly...

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Fri Jan 28th, 2011 at 04:37:49 PM EST
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