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Title:Promoting equality through an employment of last resort policy PDF Logo
Authors:Papadimitriou, Dimitri B.
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Working papers // The Levy Economics Institute 545
Abstract:To put an economy on an equitable growth path, economic development must be based on social efficiency, equity, and job creation. It has been shown that unemployment has far-reaching effects, all leading to an inequitable distribution of well-being. But many economists assume that unemployment tends toward a natural rate below which it cannot go without creating inflation. The paper considers a particular employment strategy: a government job creation program, such as an employment guarantee or employer-of-lastresort scheme, that would satisfy the noninflationary criteria. The paper analyzes the international experience of government job creation programs, with particular emphasis on the cases of Argentina and India. We conclude by considering the application of an employer-of-last-resort policy to the developing world and as a vehicle to meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
Subjects:Employment policy
employment of last resort
promotion equality
government job creation
millennium development goals
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, Levy Economics Institute of Bard College

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