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Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Public Policy Brief
Structural unemployment
Peter A. Diamond
Abstract

Whenever unemployment stays high for an extended period, it is common to see analyses, statements, and rebuttals about the extent to which the high unemployment is structural, not cyclical. This brief views the Beveridge curve pattern of unemployment and vacancy rates and the related matching function as proxies for the functioning of the labor market, and explores issues in that proxy relationship that complicates such analyses.


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Peter A. Diamond, "Structural unemployment" , Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Public Policy Brief, number 6, 2013.
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