Essays on Causes and Impacts of Unemployment in Developing and Developed Economies Literature review

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The paper "Causes and Impacts of Unemployment in Developing and Developed Economies" is an outstanding example of a micro and macroeconomic literature review.   Unemployment has and continues to be a major economic menace both in developing and industrialized countries. Although this economic menace is more pronounced in developing countries, unemployment is an increasingly challenging phenomenon in developed economies. Statistics indicate that unemployment in the US and most countries in Europe have gradually increased since the onset of the economic recession in the year 2007. In developing countries, unemployment has been a major economic problem for many decades and continues to increase year after another.

This paper will discuss the causes and the impacts of unemployment in developing and developed economies. In order to understand the causes of unemployment, it will be appropriate to discuss the major categories of unemployment. Economists agree that the major categories of unemployment are frictional, structural, and cyclical unemployment. Frictional unemployment occurs when people graduate from schools and are in search of a job. This is an inevitable situation that happens in developing and developed countries. Structural employment occurs when a change in the industrial, climatic, or demographic factors occurs rendering some people jobless.

The cyclical unemployment occurs due to economic recession and inflation in an economy (Sid 2012). Structural and cyclical unemployment are major aspects of the economy and will be the focus of this paper. Figure 1: The major categories of unemployment in an economy (Sid 2012). According to Turnham and Eröcal (2014), the main cause of unemployment in an economy is the inflation rate. Economists have studied the correlation between inflation and unemployment for many decades and their conclusions have invariably differed.

In 1958, Philips argued that a reduction in unemployment empowered employees to push for increased salaries. This push for increased payment resulted in increased prices of the commodities as the employers passed the cost of the labor to the consumers.


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