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Including Jobs in Benefit-Cost Analysis

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  • Timothy J. Bartik

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    (W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007)

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Public policies may affect employment by directly creating jobs or facilitating job creation. In labor markets with high unemployment, such employment changes may have significant net efficiency benefits, which should be included in benefit-cost analyses. The research literature offers diverse recommendations on measuring employment benefits. Many of the recommendations rely on arbitrary assumptions. The resulting employment benefit estimates vary widely. This article reviews this literature and offers recommendations on how to better measure employment benefits using estimable parameters. Guidance is provided on measuring policy-induced labor demand, estimating the demand shock's impact on labor market outcomes, and translating labor market impacts into efficiency benefits. Two measures are proposed for efficiency benefits, one relying on adjusted reservation wage gains and the other relying on adjusted earnings gains.

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Article provided by Annual Reviews in its journal Annual Review of Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 4 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (08)
Pages: 55-73

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Handle: RePEc:anr:reseco:v:4:y:2012:p:55-73

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Keywords: reservation wages; unemployment; occupational upgrading;

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  1. Carolyn Fischer & Garth Heutel, 2013. "Environmental Macroeconomics: Environmental Policy, Business Cycles, and Directed Technical Change," Annual Review of Resource Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 5(1), pages 197-210, 06.
  2. Scott Farrow, 2014. "Residual Risk Accounting: A Pilot Study of the Coastal Sector," UMBC Economics Department Working Papers 14-01, UMBC Department of Economics.

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