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SOC 150 Section Marc de Jong Skolnick and Currie These three chapters are related to “The Work Place” theme. Chapter 26: How Labor Fares in Advanced Economies In the beginning of the twentieth century, past labor conditions for American workers (and living conditions generally) were far beyond those in Europe. However, Freeman suggests that towards the end of the twentieth century these conditions have changed, and in fact, he suggests that on average low-paid workers earn so much less that the average, that their living conditions are much worse than those of comparable workers in Europe or Japan. The rest of the article Freeman compares the working conditions and employment benefits in the US with those in Europe. What are some of these differences? Freeman also points out the fact that many European nations have more extensive welfare state programs than in the US. What do welfare state programs in Europe provide that such programs in the US do not? In what ways could limited welfare state programs and bad
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