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Can the American Economy Produce More Decent Jobs?

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Decent Jobs Forum
Next Social Contract Initiative

The continuing economic crisis involves not just unemployment, but also a failure of the American economy to create enough decent jobs with middle-class wages and adequate benefits. The U.S. economy is creating a small number of well-paid, high-skill jobs and a much larger number of poorly-paid, low-skill jobs, with few jobs in the middle.

Can this trend toward the polarization of the job market be reversed?  How do we create more decent jobs in America? To address these questions, the Next Social Contract Initiative invited a number of leading scholars and public intellectuals to contribute their thoughts to our Decent Jobs Forum.

  • Making Work Better for Everyone

    by Paul Osterman, Nanyang Technological University Professor of Human Resources and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • It Takes a Policy Agenda

    by L. Josh Bivens, Economist, Economic Policy Institute and
    Heidi Shierholz, Economist, Economic Policy Institute