A Future of Good Jobs? America's Challenge in the Global Economy


In this book, which was the outgrowth of a conference sponsored by the Upjohn Institute in Washington,D. C., in June 2007, leading policy analysts frame the major challenges facing U. S. labor policy: Improving the skills of American workers so that they can better compete in a global economy; Addressing the crisis in our system of employer-sponsored health insurance; Minimizing the effects of dislocation due to immigration and trade; Removing barriers to employment for older workers; Improving the quality of jobs for low-wage workers without harming the competitiveness of American companies; Addressing the serious employment barriers of the disadvantaged. Each chapter in this volume tackles one of these policy challenges, identifying the key problems,evaluating the effectiveness of current policy approaches, and offering innovative, forward-thinking, but pragmatic alternative policies. Collectively, the chapters in this volume offer a clear road map for future labor market policy.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Timothy J. Bartik
  • Susan N. Houseman
  • Robert I. Lerman
  • Katherine Swartz
  • Lori G. Kletzer
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Kalamazoo, MI
Publication year:
  • 2008


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