The 'Dutch Miracle': Employment Growth in a Retrenched but Still Generous Welfare System Becker, Uwe en_US 2021-11-25T12:34:31Z 2021-11-25T12:34:31Z 1999 en_US
dc.description.abstract The Netherlands, until the mid-1980s a country with high unemployment, has seen rising employment for some years. Currently its unemployment rate is below five per cent. Employment growth is mostly due to the expansion of part-time jobs, particularly for women. Because there are many people in disability and early retirement schemes, unemployment is, however, still high. A special feature is that the Dutch have managed to bring down unemployment in a context of a welfare system which is still relatively generous. There have been cuts, but the Dutch poverty rate is still one of the lowest in the world. The most frequently advanced explanation for this ‘miracle’ is the wage restraint the unions accepted for more than a decade within the framework of the Dutch corporatist institutions. Looking at other low unemployment/high employment countries, however, one can doubt that this explanation is valid. The causes of the Dutch development are probably more complex, and perhaps include sharply rising house prices and the right of tax reduction through mortgage payments, an opportunity the Dutch people have used very extensively in recent years. By doing this they have raised purchasing power more than it was reduced by wage restraint. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 0733406262 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1447-8978 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries SPRC Discussion Paper en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.title The 'Dutch Miracle': Employment Growth in a Retrenched but Still Generous Welfare System en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
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unsw.identifier.doi Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofworkingpapernumber 99 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Becker, Uwe, Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam en_US
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