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Employed means...

worked most of previous week at a paying job

2

Unemployed means...

temporary layoff, looking/waiting to start

3

Not in labour force means...

neither employed nor unemployed.

4

unemployed and not in labour force are not difficult to distinguish between (t/f)

f

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labour force is...

total number of workers (employed + unemployed)

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Unemployment Rate formula...

100 x (number UE/labour force)

7

labour force participation rate is....
formula...

percentage of population in labour force
100 x (labour force/adult population)

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Policy should be directed toward which type of unemployment (LR or SR)? why?

-direct toward LR b/c those UE in SR will become employed soon anyway.

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Natural rate of unemployment is...
...about what in Canada (%)

the long run u-rate.
6-8% in Canada

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Cyclical Unemployment is...
...also called

deviation from the natural rate.
also called business cycles

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Frictional unemployment is...
... SR or LR?

when workers search for the job best suited to their tastes, skills, etc.
SR unemployment.

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Structural Unemployment is...
...SR or LR?

when there are fewer jobs than there are workers.
LR unemployment.

13

Job Search is...

matching of workers with appropriate/best suited jobs.

14

Sectoral Shifts are...
...result are...

changes in Demand composition across industries.
they displace some workers which causes some frictional UE.

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Types of Gov't Policy (3)?

1. Gov't Employment Agencies
2. Public Training Programs
3. Employment Insurance

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Gov't Employment Agencies do....

give info about job vacancies to speed up the job search.

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Public Training Programs are for....

equipping workers in declining industries with the skills to be effective in growing industries.

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Employment Insurance...

partially protects incomes when become unemployed.

19

Minimum Wage Laws affect UE b/c...

may exceed eq'm wage for least skilled/experienced workers. This causes some structural UE, but is such a small population of the work force that it cannot explain all UE.

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Unions are supposed to...

exert market power to negotiate wages, benefits, etc.

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Collective Bargaining is...

when Unions + firms negotiate workers' contracts.

22

When Unions raise wage...
...causes two kinds of workers...

if above eq'm, Q of labour demanded falls and unemployment results.
...insiders (keep jobs) + outsiders (lose jobs)

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A negative view of unions is that they...

make allocation of labour inefficient b/c some ppl benefit at the expense of others.

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A positive view of unions is that they...

are an antidote to the firms' market power b/c they force it to efficiently respond to workers' needs.

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Efficiency Wages are...

when firms voluntarily pay above the eq'm price to boost productivity.

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4 reasons for paying Efficiency Wages...

1. Worker health
2. Worker turnover
3. Worker Quality
4. Worker Effort

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Worker health is benefited by efficiency wages b/c...

especially in less developed nations, a little more money goes a long way to ensuring much better health.

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Worker turnover is helped by efficiency wages b/c...

it provides an incentive to stay so the firm avoids training and hiring new employees.

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Worker Quality is helped by efficiency wages b/c...

a higher wage attracts better applicants.

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Worker effort is helped by efficiency wages b/c...

a higher wage means there is less Q of labour demanded, so there is an incentive to avoid being fired now.