New research by Professors Katharine Abraham and Melissa Kearney is featured in a recent New York Times story, titled “Unemployment Is So 2009: Labor Shortage Gives Workers An Edge,” that appeared on September 19th, 2017. The research cited in the story examines the factors that have pushed workers out of the labor force before reaching retirement age. Abraham and Kearney identify trade, technology, and disability insurance at the top of this list of forces. Also mentioned in the story are policies suggested by Abraham and Kearney that could potentially draw more workers back into jobs; in addition to investments in human capital, these include improved access to child care and expanded wage supports.
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