Readership: Academics, students, labor economists, and officials interested in labor economics and unemployment.
Richard Layard, Emeritus Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Stephen J. Nickell, Warden of Nuffield College, University of Oxford
Until 2003 Richard Layard was the founder-director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. He now heads the Centre's
Programme on Well-Being. He has worked on unemployment, inflation, education, inequality, and post-Communist reform. He was an early advocate of the welfare-to-work approach to European unemployment, and with S. Nickell and R. Jackman authored Unemployment: Macroeconomic Performance and the Labour Market (OUP 1991, 2e 2005). Their ideas have been implemented in many countries including in Britain's New Deal, to which Layard was a consultant. His book Happiness - Lessons from a New Science (2005) appears in 20 languages. Richard Layard was also an active member of The Children's Society Inquiry into The Good Childhood and was co-author of its recent report: A Good Childhood (Penguin, 2009).
Layard is a fellow of the British Academy and of the Econometric Society. Since 2000 he has been a member of the House of Lords.
Stephen J. Nickell is Chairman of The Advisory Committee on Civil Costs (MOJ) and a Board Member of the UK Statistics Authority. Previously he has held Economics Professorships at both LSE and Oxford and was President of the Royal Economic Society from 2000 to 2003. He was a member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee from 2000 to 2006. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the British Academy, as well as a foreign honorary member of the American Economic Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
"should be on the reading list of all serious students of economics" - Arnaud Vaganay, Journal of Social Policy
"A brief review like this cannot do justice to the depth and breadth of the research of Layard and Nickell. Their path-breaking work has motivated numerous related labour studies. ... This book is essential reading for economists, politicians and social scientists." - G.C. Lim, The Economic Record
Introduction by the Editors: A New Understanding of Labor Market Institutions- Layard and Nickell on Labor Economics and Policy Making
1: The Labor Market
2: Why Does Unemployment Persist?
3: Combatting Unemployment: Is Flexibility Enough?
4: Labor Market Institutions and Economic Performance
5: Unemployment: Macroeconomic Performance and the Labor Market
6: Policies For Full Employment
7: A Final Note: Unemployment and the Current Recession