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Trump's Bait and Switch: Job Creation in the Midst of Welfare State Sabotage

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  • Pavlina R. Tcherneva

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President Trump's faux populism may deliver some immediate short-term benefits to the economy, masking the devastating long-term effects from his overall policy strategy. The latter can be termed "welfare state sabotage" and is a wholesale assault on essential public sector institutions and macroeconomic stabilization features that were built during the New Deal era and ushered in the "golden age" of the American economy. Starting in the late '70s, many of these institutions were significantly eroded by Republicans and Democrats alike, paving the way for the rise of Trump but paling in comparison with what is to come.

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  • Pavlina R. Tcherneva, 2017. "Trump's Bait and Switch: Job Creation in the Midst of Welfare State Sabotage," Economics Working Paper Archive wp_887, Levy Economics Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:lev:wrkpap:wp_887
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    Manufacturing; Service Sector; Infrastructure; Full Employment; Inequality; Social Wages; Welfare State; Trickle-down Economics;

    JEL classification:

    • H - Public Economics
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy
    • L8 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services
    • N12 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - U.S.; Canada: 1913-
    • N60 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • Z18 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Public Policy

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