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Engendered Economics: Incorporating Diversity into Political Economy by William Fraher, Heather Boushey, Ellen Mutari

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Women and Labor Market Flexibility

 

The Cases of Japan and the Former West Germany in the Postwar Years

 

David Kucera

 

 

There are two primary reasons for the increased interest in labor market flexibility since the early 1970s: first, the interest in production flexibility, often associated with the just-in-time production techniques used by larger Japanese manufacturers; and, second, the worsening as well as diverging unemployment patterns in the advanced capitalist countries after the early 1970s. While unemployment increased in Japan and Europe as well as the United States after the early 1970s, the increase was considerably greater in Europe, for which the experience of the former West Germany was typical. (All data in this study ...

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