The Natural Rate of Unemployment: Reflections on 25 Years of the Hypothesis
Rod Cross, Rod CorssISBN: 0521483301; 9780521483308;
The natural rate of unemployment hypothesis proposed in the 1960s has dominated thought about the causes of, and possible solutions to, unemployment. It asserts that only supply-side measures can achieve sustainable reductions in unemployment. In the 1980s, however, European unemployment rates rose sharply, despite supply-side innovations to economic policy inspired by the hypothesis. These essays reflect retrospectively on the state of the hypothesis and look forward to the emergence of a new wisdom regarding unemployment.