A Survey of Full Employment Advocates

Goldberg, Gertrude Schaffner; Harvey, Philip; Ginsburg, Helen Lachs
December 2007
Journal of Economic Issues (Association for Evolutionary Economi;Dec2007, Vol. 41 Issue 4, p1161
Academic Journal
The article presents a survey of full employment advocates. Particular attention is given to the results of a questionnaire to presumed full employment advocates, asking their current and past views on various questions. The author reports that the emergence of inflation as a primary concern of public policy brought a shift in focus from full employment to price stability and a tendency to redefine full employment itself. Mass unemployment at various levels is a fact of life in Western European countries that had earlier attained low rates of unemployment, as full employment in its original meaning is no longer a policy goal. Article topics include a historical review of full employment across the globe since the 1940s, political advocates of the concept, and the emergence of inflation.


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