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Public Policy Brief Highlights No. 53A | July 1999

Full Employment Has Not Been Achieved

Full Employment Policy: Theory and Practice
Claims that the nation has reached full employment take for granted the need for a reserve pool of labor to maintain price stability and labor market flexibility. But are millions of jobless and underemployed workers the best we can do in these times of economic expansion? And what will happen when the inevitable downturn comes? Reduction of the workweek and employment subsidies have been proposed to achieve higher employment, but neither is sure to raise employment and both may have serious side effects. A public service employment program that offers jobs at a fixed wage to all who are willing and able to work can provide full employment without inflationary pressures and with labor market flexibility, preserve workers’ skills, contribute valuable public services, and be relatively inexpensive.

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Rising Corporate Concentration, Declining Trade Union Power, and the Growing Income Gap
American Prosperity in Historical Perspective
Author(s): Jordan Brennan
March 2016

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