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Employment, Technology and Economic Needs

Theory, Evidence and Public Policy Edited by Jonathan Michie, Professor of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, President of Kellogg College and Director of the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, UK and the late Angelo Reati, former Principal Administrator, Commission of the European Union, Brussels, Belgium
After more than twenty years of orthodox economic policy in Europe the scourge of unemployment remains. This impressive book goes beyond the neoclassical theory of employment and develops sound policy guidelines to tackle the global problem of unemployment.
In Association with the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE)
Extent: 384 pp
Hardback Price: £109.00 Web: £98.10
Publication Date: 1998
ISBN: 978 1 85898 680 7
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Evolutionary Economics
  • Labour Economics
After more than twenty years of orthodox economic policy in Europe the scourge of unemployment remains. This impressive book goes beyond the neoclassical theory of employment and develops sound policy guidelines to tackle the global problem of unemployment.

Employment, Technology and Economic Needs provides the latest thinking on issues of employment, unemployment and economic policy. The book is explicitly interdisciplinary in scope and international in coverage, including European and US country case studies. Its authors include economists, management scientists, sociologists and economic geographers. Together they provide the most comprehensive analysis to date of the problems of unemployment and poor economic performance from a broadly institutional and evolutionary perspective. The book reports the latest academic research, whilst clearly documenting the implications for public policy. The authors discuss the effectiveness of policy prescriptions such as negative income taxes, the International Labour Organization agenda, a fiscal system based on eco-taxation, a reduction of working time, and developing a ‘corporatist’ system as a means to develop employment opportunities.

Written in an accessible style, this book will be vital reading for all those interested in the fields of employment, technology, and macroeconomic and industrial policy. It will also be of interest to anyone concerned with economic policy issues and human welfare.
Contributors: E. Appelbaum, S. Baines, E. Benedetti, F. Block, A.G. Calafati, C.M.A. Clark, S. Davies, C. Edquist, L. Hommen, R. Hudson, C. Kavanagh, M. Kitson, J. Manza, M. McKelvey, J. Michie, K. Morgan, C. Pitelis, M. Rangone, A. Reati, R. Schettkat, W. Sengenberger, M.R. Tool, A. Tylecote, J. Wheelock
Contents: Introduction: Towards an Alternative Theory and Policy on Employment (J. Michie and A. Reati) Part I: The Political Economy of Employment and Unemployment 1. Labour Supply and Unemployment (A.G. Calafati) 2. Demand – and Supply-side Approaches to Economic Policy (J. Michie and C. Pitelis) 3. Deindustrialization, Unemployment and Government (M. Kitson and J. Michie) 4. Institutions and Employment Performance in Different Growth Regimes (E. Appelbaum and R. Schettkat) Part II: The Role of Technology and Innovation 5. The Present Technological Change (A. Reati) 6. A Micro-macro View of the Causes of and Remedies for Unemployment in an Integrating Europe (A. Tylecote) 7. Product versus Process Innovation (C. Edquist, L. Hommen and M. McKelvey) 8. Regional Innovation Strategies (S. Davies and K. Morgan) Part III: The World of Work 9. The Employment Relationship in Transition (E. Benedetti and M. Rangone) 10. Creating Your Own Job (J. Wheelock and S. Baines) 11. In Search of Employment Creation via Environmental Valorization (R. Hudson) 12. Some Alternative Explanations of Irish Unemployment (C.M.A. Clark and C. Kavanagh) Part IV: A Policy Agenda 13. Employment as a Human Right (M.R. Tool) 14. Full Employment (W. Sengenberger) 15. Reforming the Labour Market Through Guaranteed Incomes (J. Manza and F. Block) 16. The Reduction of Working Time as a Means of Solving the Unemployment Problem (A. Reati) Index