Lyon, Stanley et al. 'Broadcast discussion on “unemployment”'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XVI No. 3, 1939/1940, pp94-102
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XVI No. 3 1939/1940
The first discussion by members of the Society, by way of broadcast,
was on the population problem; the subject for this evening is
"Unemployment." There is no necessity for me to enlarge on all that
this single word connotes. In our discussion tonight we mean those who,
being normally dependent on wage earnings, are genuinely seeking work
and are unable to obtain it. The problem is one of long standing and
affects the lives and happiness of a substantial section of the community.
The backward or the less civilised countries of the world seem to have
little unemployment as we know it. With them the standard of living
is comparatively low whereas in what are regarded as the more advanced
and highly civilised countries, in which there is a high standard of living,
unemployment is a serious problem, the solution for which so far has
been elusive. Agricultural countries seem to suffer less from its effects
than industrial countries.
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