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Good Jobs, Bad Jobs, No Jobs

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674187955

Publication Date: 01/01/1979

219 pages


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All kinds of jobs, and no jobs, are the subjects of Eli Ginzberg’s latest book. His wide-ranging studies show that the young and old, men and women, high school dropouts and graduates of professional schools have all been affected by economic conditions and public policies both favorable and adverse to their aspirations and needs. In this last third of the twentieth century, what can be done?

Ginzberg suggests unorthodox solutions for unexpected job conditions. Because he does not believe that the educational system or the slack market are solely or even primarily responsible for unemployment, he seeks changes in manpower policies to yield apprenticeships, improve youth training programs, and liberalize retirement rules. Moreover, because he calculates that high unemployment rates are a function of growth in the labor force and not a product of deficient job creation, he seeks more imaginative programs for working women, two-worker families, overskilled persons, and oversupplied professions.

Finally, Ginzberg reiterates the need for equity in the job market and reminds policymakers that job creation has always been a goal of national policy. Lawmakers ought not to shrink from either goal in setting priorities.

Combining analysis, statistics, and policy in a crisp, nontechnical style, Ginzberg’s book is the most comprehensive work available on the issues of job and unemployment.

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