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Good jobs and bad jobs

Layard, Richard (2004) Good jobs and bad jobs. Centre for Economic Performance occasional papers, CEPOP19. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

1. Human happiness is more affected by whether or not one has a job than by what kind of job it is. 2. Thus, when jobs are to hand, we should insist that unemployed people take them. This involves a much more pro-active placement service and clearer conditionality than applies in many countries. 3. But we should also guarantee unemployed people work within a year of becoming unemployed. In this way we put a reciprocal obligation on the state (to produce work) and on the individual (to take it). Such a guarantee requires a well- judged mix of subsidies, supported work, and training. 4. Where there is low pay, the correct response is in-work benefits, together with a longterm strategy to reduce low skill.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 2004 The author
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Series: Working Papers > CEP Occasional Papers
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2010 14:42
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2012 16:39
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/28757

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