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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".

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 26th, 2011 at 11:25:53 AM EST
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