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European Economic, Employment and Social Policy

Here today, gone tomorrow: the rise in earnings fluctuations and its policy implications

Tomas Korpi (Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University)

Publication date : 2010

Number of pages : 6

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Tomas Korpi (Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University)

The widespread trend towards greater social inequality increasingly, if belatedly, became a policy preoccupation in the years immediately preceding the outbreak of the crisis. Sluggish growth, high unemployment and fiscal constraints suggest that the situation is likely to worsen further in the coming years. Against this background, this, the sixth ETUI Policy Brief European Economic and Employment Policy in 2010, written by Prof. Tomas Korpi from Stockholm University, recalls a widely disregarded finding of earlier research: inequality can be split up into a longer-term and a short-run component. Inequality is higher, all else equal, if individuals’ short-run earnings fluctuations are larger.

Collection: 6/2010
ETUI, Brussels, ISSN 2031-8782 (pdf)

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