A Future of Good Jobs?: America's Challenge in the Global Economy
Can the U.S. economy generate healthy growth of “good” jobs—jobs that will ensure a steady improvement in the standard of living for the middle class and that will offer a way out of poverty for low-income Americans? In this book, leading policy analysts examine the challenges facing current U.S. labor market policy and propose concrete steps to make American workers and employers more competitive in a global economy.
Download 1. Introduction and Overview / Timothy J. Bartik and Susan N. Houseman (295 KB)
Download 2. Are Skills the Problem?: Reforming the Education and Training System in the United States / Robert I. Lerman (411 KB)
Download 3. Revising Employers' Role in Sponsoring and Financing Health Insurance and Medical Care / Katherine Swartz (397 KB)
Download 4. Trade and Immigration: Implications for the U.S. Labor Market / Lori G. Kletzer (369 KB)
Download 5. Removing Barriers to Work for Older Americans / Katharine G. Abraham and Susan N. Houseman (383 KB)
Download 6. Improving Job Quality: Policies Aimed at the Demand Side of the Low-Wage Labor Market / Paul Osterman (351 KB)
Download 7. Boosting the Earnings and Employment of Low-Skilled Workers in the United States: Making Work Pay and Removing Barriers to Employment and Social Mobility / Steven Raphael (485 KB)
Bartik, Timothy J., and Susan N. Houseman, eds. 2008. A Future of Good Jobs?: America's Challenge in the Global Economy. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
The outgrowth of a conference sponsored by the Upjohn Institute in Washington, D.C. in June 2007
978-0-88099-332-6 (cloth); 978-0-88099-331-9 (pbk)
EDUCATION and TRAINING; EMPLOYMENT and COMPENSATION; GLOBAL ISSUES; UNEMPLOYMENT, DISABILITY, and POVERTY