Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Samuel Hammond — Why Not A Job Guarantee?

The U.S. government could commit to full employment by offering any willing and able person a job in public service. But should it? Known as a job guarantee, the once heterodox idea went mainstream last year with the endorsement of the Center for American Progress. While the specifics of any particular plan vary, CAP proposes “a large-scale, permanent program of public employment and infrastructure investment—similar to the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression but modernized for the 21st century.”

Proponents argue that involuntary unemployment is a major source of social instability, and that public service employment, in particular, would help bring the country together. Nevertheless, here are three quick reasons why I don’t think a job guarantee is the way to go....
Conservative objections based on conservative ideology and values.

Niskanen Center
Why Not A Job Guarantee?
Samuel Hammond


Ralph Musgrave said...

“…a large-scale, permanent program of public employment and infrastructure investment..”???? That rather contradicts another recent article on JG (Levy Policy Note 2018/2 by Kelton, Tcherneva etc, p.3) which advocates steering clear of large scale construction projects.

Advocates of JG need to get their act together.

Tom Hickey said...

This article is anti-JG. So expect erecting a straw man to attack.