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The Problem With a Federal Jobs Guarantee (Hint: It’s Not the Price Tag)

The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, May 2, 2018
But the big thinkers behind the federal jobs guarantee have their eyes on a bigger prize. That 4.1% only represents the 6.6 million who are unemployed under the Labor Department’s official definition. Another 5.1 million don’t meet it but want a job, and 5 million work part time because they can’t... Read More »

Whether America Can Afford A Job Guarantee Program Is Not Up For Debate

The Intercept, Tuesday, May 1, 2018
The job guarantee proposal from Mark Paul, Sandy Darity, and Darrick Hamilton for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated an annual program cost of $543 billion, enough to pop out the eyes of more cautious policymakers. This would be partially offset by reduced demand for benefit... Read More »

Episode 6 - Darrick Hamilton, Reparations, And A Federal Job Guarantee

At The Intersection, Monday, April 30, 2018
Brian & Marion talk to Associate Director of Cook Center, Professor Darrick Hamilton, about the federal job guarantee proposal that he helped create, and about how we want our reparations. Listen to the full interview here.

There's a new Democratic agenda taking shape. It's more and more progressive. Can it survive success?

CNN, Monday, April 30, 2018
This marks a return, in large part, to the Democrats' "New Deal" ethos. It's not a coincidence progressives have been citing President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Second Bill of Rights" in some recent messaging. Nor that the party named its official policy slate, introduced last summer, the "Better... Read More »

Q&A on the Democrats’ big idea: A job creation program

The Washington Post, Friday, April 27, 2018
The Full Employment Project (FEP) that I run at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities commissioned a paper by Mark Paul, William Darity and Darrick Hamilton for a highly ambitious job guarantee program (CBPP doesn’t endorse this particular idea; it’s one of many our FEP wanted to get in the... Read More »

Why a 'federal jobs guarantee' is gaining steam with Democrats

CNN, Thursday, April 26, 2018
Research published for the Center on Budget Policy Priorities by William Darity Jr., a professor of public policy at Duke University, New School economist Darrick Hamilton and Duke postdoctoral associate Mark Paul has been influential in shaping both the Sanders and Booker plans. In an... Read More »

How Guaranteeing Jobs Became The Hot New Policy Priority For 2020 Dems

The Daily Beast, Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Darrick Hamilton, professor of economics and urban policy at The New School is one of those academics. He has published work alongside Mark Paul and Dr. William Darity Jr., both of Duke University, arguing for a federal jobs guarantee, analyzing the racial wealth gap and discussing policies to... Read More »

Why the Cause of Full Employment Is Back from the Dead

The American Prospect, Wednesday, April 25, 2018
In this kind of economic climate, it should come as no surprise that full employment is coming back. In the Winter 2018 issue of the Prospect, Mark Paul, William Darity Jr., and Darrick Hamilton made the case for the policy and laid out some specifics of what such a program could look like.... Read More »

Meet the Researcher Dispelling Old Myths About the Racial Wealth Gap

Pacific Standard, Tuesday, April 24, 2018
In 2016, the average white family in America held about $919,000 of wealth. The average black family, by contrast, held just $140,000; the average Hispanic family held only $192,000. What's worse, this disparity has remained essentially unchanged since the early 1960s. In a report... Read More »

Bernie Sanders has conquered the Democratic Party

The Week, Tuesday, April 24, 2018
But the most interesting policy here is a federal job guarantee. This would be a public option for work, offering employment with a living wage and benefits to anyone who wants it. The idea goes back at least as far as the Civil Rights movement. Stephanie Kelton, one of Sanders' key economic... Read More »

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