Whether they constitute a coherent picture of where the debate occurs … and where it stands, what we really know?
And how policy-makers should deal with the many issues?
Approach: To develop a ”google-earth” view of the unemployment
discourse landscape – and identify mountain ranges, valleys, rifts and
faults, rivers and swamps/quagmires, volcanoes, hills … and molehills.
A real jig-saw puzzle… fitting together 40-50 research topics and areas
Proposition: that three core clusters (or perhaps five?) can be distinguished in the unemployment debate.
Kingdon & Knight (CSAE)
Several seminal papers since 1999 – dominant presence, tackling various controversies, producing key findings.
Example: The nature of the beast (2000, published 2004)
PSLSD data ushered in a new era of reliable and comprehensive household-level data (in a line of research pioneered by SALDRU since the 1970s) – alongside various OHS and LFS surveys, with varying methodologies and credibilities.
Their econometrics set a new technical standard (although not the first…)
Earnings functions; logit and probit models across characteristics of the unemployed.