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April 1989, Vol. 112, No. 4
Unemployment insurance in the U.S. and Europe, 1973-83
Beatrice G. Reubens
Formerly a senior research associate at the Conservation of Human Resources, Columbia University, is an international economic consultant
In general, comparisons show rising costs, changes in eligibility and benefits, possible disincentives to work, and low replacement rations for unemployed; some industrial countries have altered their unemployment insurance provisions with these problems in mind. This article compares the unemployment insurance programs of the United States and five western European countries Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, and Sweden.
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1 While this article was in preparation, the Court agreed to hear arguments in two more labor cases: Pension benefit Guar. Corp. v. LTV Corp., 875 F.2d 1008 (2d Cir.), cert. granted, 58 U.S.L.W. 3288 (U.S. Oct. 30 1989) (No. 89-390) (raising complicated bankruptcy, labor, and pension issues); and Yellow Freight Sys., Inc. v. Donnelly, 874 F.2d 402 (7th Cir.), cert. granted, 58 U.S.L.W. 3304 (U.S. Oct. 30, 1989) (No. 89-431) (raising the issue of whether Federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction to hear cases under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964).
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