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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
The Daily Beast

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 achieve full employment for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

He has advocated these points for years. But it was only in 2017 and 2018, that lawmakers began to truly listen—compelled to do so, Hamilton surmised, because of the election of Donald Trump.

“I think that it is the case that the Trump election, perhaps there’s a silver lining, that the status quo is not working and that the American people are ready for change and the Democrats are beginning to hone in and provide not just change but something that is substantive so we really can have an inclusive economy,” Hamilton said.

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