Tackling Unemployment

  • Richard Layard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Why I am an Economist

    1. Richard Layard
      Pages 1-12
  3. Explaining Unemployment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Richard Layard
      Pages 15-21
    3. S. Nickell
      Pages 52-104
    4. R. Jackman, C. Pissarides
      Pages 105-123
    5. R. Jackman, S. Savouri
      Pages 141-200
    6. R. Jackman, S. Nickell
      Pages 257-288
    7. M. Blaug, M. Woodhall
      Pages 289-292
  4. Remedies for Unemployment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-313
    2. Richard Layard
      Pages 315-320
    3. Richard Layard
      Pages 440-450
    4. G. Basevi, O. Blanchard, W. Buiter, R. Dornbusch
      Pages 465-514
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 515-542

About this book


Richard Layard is one of Britain's foremost applied economists, whose work has had a profound impact on the policy debate in Britain and abroad. This book contains his most influential articles on the subject of unemployment. It is published along with a companion volume Inequality , which deals with these topics and with economic transition. Unemployment explains what causes unemployment and proposes remedies to reduce it. There is a strong focus on how unemployed people are treated and how this affects unemployment - including Layard's well-known recommendation of a job-guarantee for long term unemployed people. Other key topics covered are the effect of unions and wage bargaining, the effect of low skill, and the possible role of rigid employment laws. The book opens with Richard Layard's personal credo Why I became an Economist .


efficiency employment inequality labor market strategy unemployment unions

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Layard
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Economic PerformanceLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceUK

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