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Symposium on the Scottish labour market

McFarland, Mark and Anthony, Myrvin and Armstrong, Lorraine and Ashcroft, Brian and Draper, Paul and Dunlop, Stewart and Le Tissier, Sarah and Love, Jim and Low, Kenneth and Lockyer, Cliff and Malloy, Eleanor and McGregor, Peter and McNicoll, Iain and McRory, Eric and Reid, Clare and Stevens, Jim and Swales, Kim, Fraser of Allander Institute (1994) Symposium on the Scottish labour market. Quarterly Economic Commentary, 19 (3). pp. 56-71. ISSN 0306-7866

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Abstract

In the post-war period, up to the late 1960s, Britain enjoyed a modicum of unemployment and government policies which were geared to producing Full Employment were considered a success. It was simple - boost demand and more people would find work. But the mid 1970s the economic regency enjoyed by those advocating demand sided policies fell into disrepute as the OPEC nations raised prices dramatically and brought in a new era of both rising prices and unemployment. The laws of economics, which previously had viewed policy decisions as the choice between lower unemployment and higher inflation were now redundant. Both unemployment and inflation were moving in the same direction. The era of stagflation had begun.