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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
Library of Congress subject classification: 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)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: CEPOP19
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2010 14:42
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28757/

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