- Measuring unemployment in the Netherlands, 1900-1940: the operationalisation of an elusive concept
- Book title
- The statistical mind in modern society: the Netherlands 1850-1940. - Vol. 2: Statistics and scientific work
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR)
Because of the increase in unemployment insurances and the extension of employment policies, official statistical information about unemployment became important after 1900. How was unemployment to be measured? Appropriate categories and operational definitions were not available. Under these circumstances, what kind of measurement procedures were developed? To what extent were the conceptualization of unemployment and its measurement distinct stages in the process of measurement? The historical and statistical analysis of the practice of the registration of unemployment will provide answers.
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