same pattern was observed. While an increased prevalence of nonstandard work arrangements and part-time work could contribute to this
finding, it probably reflects other developments as well and, hence,
merits additional study.
The main purpose of this analysis was to compare employment
responsiveness in the OECD-20 countries with Asian countries. The
results on this point are clear. On average, employment responds more
to output changes in OECD-20 countries. As shown in Table 2.8 of
Chapter 2, the responsiveness is about twice as large in the OECD-
20 countries. The same qualitative result was obtained when the other
measures of employment change were used in the analysis.
The countries are the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the
United Kingdom, and the United States) plus Australia, the Netherlands, and Swe-
den. See Sorrentino (2000) for a display of unemployment rates for these coun-
tries and for a discussion of data comparability issues.
Within the OECD-20, group, the four with the lowest per-capita GDP in 1999
were Spain, New Zealand, Portugal, and Greece. Thailand, the Philippines, and
Indonesia had the lowest per-capita GDP among the nine Asian countries.
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Book title: Unemployment Compensation throughout the World: A Comparative Analysis.
Contributors: Wayne Vroman - Author, Vera Brusentsev - Author.
Publisher: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
Place of publication: Kalamazoo, MI.
Publication year: 2005.
Page number: 232.
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