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Employment Issues in the European Union

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Gustav Dieckheuer and Boguslaw Fiedor

Nowadays persistent unemployment is one of the main economic problems in Germany as well as in other countries of the European Union. For many years economic growth has obviously been too low to give impulses strong enough to improve the situation on the European labour markets effectively. There are several reasons for this situation. These topics compose the background of a collection of articles published in this book. The articles mainly deal with the following aspects: causes of unemployment in the European Union, technological changes, skills and structural unemployment, institutional conditions on labour markets, importance of international trade and foreign direct investment, employment effects of monetary policy, chances and risks of liberalized labour markets.
Contents: Stefan Linek/Marian Noga: Unemployment and Poland’s Monetary Policy in the Years 2003-2004 – Maria Piotrowska: Can Polish Monetary Policy Contribute to Mitigating the Unemployment Problem? – Aloys Prinz: Is investing abroad unpatriotic? Jobs and investment in an expanding EU – Thomas Apolte: Skill-biased technical change and structural unemployment in Europe – Gustav Dieckheuer: International trade and employment: A sectoral and regional analysis for Germany and the EU25 – Ulrich van Suntum: Benchmarking International Employment and Growth Performance: The Bertelsmann Foundation Approach – Jan Rymarczyk/Jerzy Rymarczyk: Foreign Direct Investment and the Labour Market in Poland – Franciszek Adamczuk/Andrzej Graczyk: The Labour Market in the Polish-German Cross-border Area: Institutional Aspects – Bożena Klimczak: The Institutional Aspects of Personal Capital Investments – Bogusław Fiedor/Andrzej Matysiak: Uncertainty and Risk in Perfectly Flexible Labour Market.