Employment policies to get Americans working again
Michael R. Strain's chapter from "Room to Grow: Employment policies to get Americans working again"

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  • Though the Great Recession ended, you’d never know it from the millions of Americans suffering from unemployment.

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  • To put Americans back to work, Strain offers a new conservative employment agenda that would roll back licensing requirements.

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  • More ambitiously, he recommends expanding the earned-income tax credit to make work more attractive to childless workers.

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Though the Great Recession ended in 2009, you’d never know it from the millions of Americans suffering from long-term unemployment. Michael R. Strain reminds us of the tragic consequences of long-term unemployment, and the alarming decline in male labor force participation that seems to have accelerated in recent years.

To put Americans back to work, Strain offers a new conservative employment agenda that would roll back licensing requirements; offer relocation assistance in place of continued unemployment benefits; temporarily lower minimum wages for the long-term unemployed with a temporary subsidy; offer tax credits for those hiring long-term unemployed; and promote worksharing programs to prevent layoffs. More ambitiously, he recommends expanding the earned-income tax credit to make work more attractive to childless workers.

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Michael R. Strain is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

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