Labor market considerations for a national job guarantee

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Author: Nunn, Ryan; O'Donnell, Jimmy; Shambaugh, Jay


Despite a relatively strong U.S. economy in late 2018, many workers continue to experience stagnant wages and underemployment. In response, policy interventions like subsidized wages, training and search assistance, expanded public employment, and federal guarantees of employment have all been proposed, but relatively little is known about how a federal job guarantee would function. We therefore discuss a number of relevant labor market considerations: How many people are likely to participate in a job guarantee? What types of work and nonwork activities are the eligible population...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Labour market; Participation; Policy; Employment; Income

Keywords: Labour force participation; Labour market program; Employment creation; Unemployment; Wage; Economic conditions; Economic analysis; Policy implications

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Washington, District of Columbia: Hamilton Project, 2018

Physical description: 33 p.

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Series: Framing paper (The Hamilton Project); December 2018

Resource type: Paper

Document number: TD/TNC 137.1123

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