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Web links for 11th June 2012

11 Jun 2012, by in Web links

  • Imagine that jobs were randomly distributed and work out what proportion of households in a country would be jobless – is the actual figure higher or lower? In 1995, the UK had a higher than expected joblessness rate – Belgium was the only country with a higher gap. Between 1995 and 2008 this gap became worse in most countries, but shrank in the UK: “Only in the UK are changes in polarization negative over time … a priori it seems plausible to assume that policy in the UK, for instance with regard to the activation of lone mothers and the reduction of inactivity traps in tax- and benefit systems, contributed …”  For Europe as a whole the growing work rich-work poor gap helps explain “disapointing” poverty trends, despite rising employment. In the UK, “both the reduction of household joblessness … and the reduction of poverty in jobless households, contributed to a significant decrease of the overall poverty risk … in the 20-to-59 age cohort.”