Examines the problem of unemployment on the eve of the French presidential elections of 1995. Traces the development of social and economic policy under President Mitterrand and surveys leading explanations for the nation’s rising unemployment crisis. A major theme concerns possible contradictions between France’s commitment to European integration and commitment to expansive social protection of French citizens. Another important issue concerns the apparent trade-off between work and … Read more »

Examines the problem of unemployment on the eve of the French presidential elections of 1995. Traces the development of social and economic policy under President Mitterrand and surveys leading explanations for the nation’s rising unemployment crisis. A major theme concerns possible contradictions between France’s commitment to European integration and commitment to expansive social protection of French citizens. Another important issue concerns the apparent trade-off between employment and wages, which is in most of the developed economies since the mid-1970s.
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David A. Moss
Source: HBS
25 pages.
Publication Date: Apr 26, 1995. Prod #: 795064-PDF-ENG
Unemployment in France: “number one priority” HBR case solution

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