Global Capitalism: What if Joblessness is a Feature, not a Bug?

That’s the issue raised by economists Michael A. Spence, Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Sandile Hlatshwayo, Researcher, Stern School of Business, New York University:

The actions of the free market have made goods less expensive for Americans, but the free flow of labor and capital has also diminished the employment opportunities available in the United States and will, the authors warn, continue to do so at all levels of society. Spence and Hlatshwayo suggest that policymakers acknowledge the trade-off between the cost of goods and the availability of jobs, and they explore policies that may improve it.

While the authors acknowledge that there is no simple policy fix to improve the trade-off between inexpensive goods and diminished domestic job opportunities, they argue that given the political salience of the issues at stake, policymakers must work to tackle this enormous question of inequality and economic distribution.

Unsettling stuff, to say the least.  You can download their paper here.

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