Unemployment Polices and Programs: A Study of French and Texas Systems




Bates, Tommie

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The enormous consequences of unemployment are imposed on societies. This study examines the world unemployment problem by looking at the policies and programs of the country of France and the state of Texas. The research will review the institutional structure of French and Texas labor markets in order to analyze their influence on job creation for small companies. A second area of study will be to assess the French and Texas taxation policies in order to determine their contribution to the infant mortality of small companies. An additional research purpose is to evaluate the capacity the French and Texas unemployment compensation programs in order to judge their ability to provide a uniform amount of assistance for unemployed people. Working hypothesis will guide the course of this study. The report asserts that the French unemployment compensation system, provides a more uniform amount of assistance to unemployed people. Additionally, it is hypothesized that the French system provides better protection for the hardest to employ. Because of the cost of this assistance, it is theorized that the French social tax system and labor market influence contributes to the infant mortality of small businesses. Interviews and document analysis are used to validate these assumptions. Results from the data, reject the hypotheses that focus on uniformity of assistance for the unemployed, and the contributing influence of labor market regulation on small company mortality. The study supports the hypotheses that emphasize bottom-tier protection for the unemployed, and the detrimental contribution of the French social tax system on small company mortality.


An Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Southwest Texas State University, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Fall 2001.


unemployment, Texas, France, social tax system, labor markets, taxation policies, unemployment compensation, Public Administration


Bates, T. (2001). Unemployment polices and programs: A study of French and Texas systems. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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