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Obama's Job Creation Promise: A Modest Proposal to Guarantee That He Meets and Exceeds Expectations

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  • Pavlina R. Tcherneva

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Job creation is once again at the forefront of policy action, and for advocates of pro-employment policies, President Obama's Keynesian bent is a most welcome change. However, there are concerns that Obama's plan simply does not go far enough, and that a large-scale public investment program may face shortages of skilled labor, put upward pressure on wages, and leave women and minorities behind. Both concerns can be addressed by a simple amendment to the Obama plan that will bring important additional benefits. The amendment proposed here is for the government to offer a job guarantee to all unemployed individuals who are ready, willing, and able to participate in the economic recovery--that is, to target the unemployed directly.

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  • Pavlina R. Tcherneva, 2009. "Obama's Job Creation Promise: A Modest Proposal to Guarantee That He Meets and Exceeds Expectations," Economics Policy Note Archive 09-1, Levy Economics Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:lev:levypn:09-1
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