Jul 15, 2020
The Forgotten Costs of Layoffs
As the pandemic drags on, the economic damage in the US is running deep and the unemployment and workforce systems are struggling to support the millions of newly unemployed workers....
Jul 1, 2020
As COVID Increases Need for Digital Skills, Don't Neglect Soft Skills
Before the pandemic, hardly a day went by without hearing about the critical need for businesses to digitally transform their operations. “Adapt or die”, as the saying...
Jun 11, 2020
The Real Lessons From a Town That Disbanded Its Police
Our police forces are bloated.But simply reducing budgets without first addressing how police forces are structured and function, is an invitation to even worse outcomes. So instead...
Jun 3, 2020
Don’t Attack Pandemic Unemployment Compensation. It Did What It Was Meant To Do.
Republicans in Congress seem intent on ending the federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) program in response to employer complaints that the additional $600 per week makes...
May 27, 2020
The COVID Culture War is Killing Us
Judging by the proliferation of videos showing angry confrontations over the use of masks in public, it appears our ongoing culture wars are making a serious dent in sound public...
May 13, 2020
The New Consensus on Worker Safety
As the weeks of quarantining have stretched into months, the slow rumblings of reopening the economy have recently turned into a roar. More than half the states have begun taking...
May 7, 2020
What Will the 'Ties That Bind' Look Like After COVID?
Our AEI colleague, Yuval Levin recently published an article in Commentary Magazine exploring how the COVID-19 moment might affect social solidarity. Will it lead to increased...
Apr 30, 2020
Unemployment Benefits and the Real Value of Work
It started with my mother. She was the first person I heard express concern about the supplementary COVID-19 unemployment benefits. As a child of the Depression with a high school...
Apr 9, 2020
Unemployment Goes Viral
Much like the pandemic that caused it, the employment situation in the US is changing faster than our systems can track. A booming economy has, almost overnight, transformed into a...
Apr 1, 2020
Decision to Stay Out of Workforce Is About Avoiding COVID-19, Not Work
In the run-up to Senate passage of the $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, a number of senators expressed skepticism about the $600 per month unemployment supplement available to all...
Mar 24, 2020
Staunching the Bleeding and Starting the Recovery
A New York Times article last week examining unofficial state-level reports from only 15 states suggests nearly 630,000 unemployment insurance claims have been filed over the past...
Feb 26, 2020
Of Bernie, Bloomie, and Adam
If my Twitter feed offers a reliable picture, like many people watching the 2020 Democratic presidential debate Wednesday night, I was both perplexed and disappointed by Mayor...
Feb 20, 2020
Do Robots Kill jobs? In France, the Answer is, 'Non!' – and 'Oui!'
In their new paper, Competing with Robots, Daron Acemoglu (MIT), Pascual Restrepo (Boston University), and Claire LeLarge (University of Paris) survey the impact of robotics on...
Feb 13, 2020
How Children Shape Parents
In an age of partisan polarization, any area of bipartisan agreement is a welcome respite. For many years, policymakers across the aisle have found common ground in an understanding...
Jan 21, 2020
‘Swallowed by Opioids’? A New Look at Appalachian ‘Deaths of Despair’
Ever since Anne Case and Angus Deaton of Princeton University coined the term “deaths of despair” in their 2015 study on rising mortality rates among working class...
Jan 14, 2020
Running Hard, But Not Keeping Up: STEM Skills in the Workforce
Harvard’s David Deming and Kadeem Noray have updated their work on the economic returns to education in science, technology, engineering and math with a new study, STEM Careers...
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