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Labor market performance and the rise of populism


The recent rise of populism has many potential causes, both cultural and economic. Growing evidence suggests that labor market disruptions due to globalization and technological progress as well as the crisis-driven spikes in unemployment have played a major role in the rise of populism in advanced economies. However, there is no evidence showing that populist policy agendas have a realistic shot at addressing such problems. Instead, standard progressive proposals such as stronger counter-cyclical fiscal policies to stabilize employment during recessions, fighting tax avoidance, strengthening social safety nets, and active labor market policies should be enacted.

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hal-03916233 , version 1 (30-12-2022)



Sergei Guriev. Labor market performance and the rise of populism. IZA World of Labor, 2020, 479, ⟨10.15185/izawol.479⟩. ⟨hal-03916233⟩
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