A Future of Good Jobs?: America's Challenge in the Global Economy


A Future of Good Jobs? America's Challenge in the Global Economy

Timothy J. Bartik and Susan N. Houseman, Editors

The editors of this book have brought together a group of leading labor market analysts who examine the challenges facing U.S. labor market policy and ...
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A Future of Good Jobs? America's Challenge in the Global Economy

Timothy J. Bartik and Susan N. Houseman, Editors

The editors of this book have brought together a group of leading labor market analysts who examine the challenges facing U.S. labor market policy and propose concrete steps to make American workers and employers more competitive in the global economy.

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What People Are Saying

Gary Burtless
[The editors] have assembled a first-rate team of economists to assess the problems of struggling workers. They offer cogent analyses of America's workplace problems. More importantly, they provide a timely set of perscriptions to address those problems. (Gary Burtless, The Brookings Institution)
Jodie Allen
'A Future of Good Jobs?' could hardly be better timed with respect to current trends in the American economy. While most of these trends--widening wage inequality, underemployment of the less educated, increased global competition, and cutbacks in health insurance and retirement coverage--are far from new, it is only recently that policymakers and mainstream economists have come to acknowledge that they are not necessarily self-correcting. The practical, concrete remedies offered in this book are especially welcome in that they are sensitive to both the realities of the U.S. labor force and to the needs and resources of U.S. employers. (Jodie Allen, Senior Editor, Pew Research Center)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880993319
  • Publisher: Upjohn, W. E. Institute for Employment Research
  • Publication date: 3/30/2008
  • Pages: 327
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1 - Introduction and Overview, by Timothy J. Bartik and Susan N. Houseman
2 - Are Skills the Problem? Reforming the Education and Training System in the United States, by Robert I. Lerman
3 - Revising Employers' Role in Sponsoring and Financing Health Insurance and Medical Care, by Katherine Swartz
4 - Trade and Immigration: Implications for the U.S. Labor Market, by Lori G. Kletzer
5 - Removing Barriers to Work for Older Americans, by Katharine G. Abraham and Susan N. Houseman
6 - Improving Job Quality: Policies Aimed at the Demand Side of the Low-Wage Labor Market, by Paul Osterman
7 - Boosting the Earnings and Employment of Low-Skilled Workers in the United States: Making Work Pay and Removing Barriers to Employment and Social Mobility, by Steven Raphael
The Authors
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