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A Permanent Jobs Program for the U.S.: Economic Restructuring to Meet Human Needs

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  • Ron Baiman

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  • Bill Barclay

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  • Sidney Hollander

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  • Haydar Kurban

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  • Joseph Persky

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  • Elce Redmond

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  • Mel Rothenberg

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Abstract

This paper proposes a jobs program to address both the chronic problems of unemployment and underemployment in the U.S. economy and the debilitating economic and political impacts of growing inequality in the U.S. The jobs program consists of three parts. First, the reduction of unemployment and underemployment by stimulating output, either under public or private auspices, of infrastructure, or social investment, in areas such as: transportation, education, health care, human services, and parks. Second, to recognize and respond to the failure of the private market to provide needed current public services, which will include a massive upgrading of pay and working conditions of these “human service” jobs by expanding public employment, sharing the costs of an enhanced and expanded social safety net. Third, to, explicitly and as a matter of industrial policy, target government investment and overall job growth towards the industries of the future, particularly in the areas of energy, agriculture, and other broadly defined “green” technologies. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2012

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  • Ron Baiman & Bill Barclay & Sidney Hollander & Haydar Kurban & Joseph Persky & Elce Redmond & Mel Rothenberg, 2012. "A Permanent Jobs Program for the U.S.: Economic Restructuring to Meet Human Needs," The Review of Black Political Economy, Springer;National Economic Association, vol. 39(1), pages 29-41, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:blkpoe:v:39:y:2012:i:1:p:29-41
    DOI: 10.1007/s12114-011-9118-y
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    1. Carmen M. Reinhart & M. Belen Sbrancia1, 2015. "The liquidation of government debt," Economic Policy, CEPR;CES;MSH, vol. 30(82), pages 291-333.
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    1. Gertrude Goldberg, 2012. "Strategic and Political Challenges to Large-Scale Federal Job Creation," The Review of Black Political Economy, Springer;National Economic Association, vol. 39(1), pages 43-62, March.
    2. Helen Ginsburg, 2012. "Historical Amnesia: The Humphrey-Hawkins Act, Full Employment and Employment as a Right," The Review of Black Political Economy, Springer;National Economic Association, vol. 39(1), pages 121-136, March.
    3. Michael Isaacson & Aleksandre Revia & Enrique Lopezlira & Jassmine Gaines, 2012. "Jobs and the Future of the US Economy: Possibilities and Limits," The Review of Black Political Economy, Springer;National Economic Association, vol. 39(1), pages 5-28, March.

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