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A Future of Good Jobs?

America's Challenge in the Global Economy

Timothy J. Bartik and Susan N. Houseman, Editors

"Timothy Bartik and Susan Houseman have assembled a first-rate team of economists to assess the problems of struggling workers. They offer cogent analyses of America's workplace problems. More important, they provide a timely set of prescriptions to address those problems. Many writers wring their hands at the challenges facing workers who are at the bottom of the pay ladder. The authors of this volume focus on the more difficult task of crafting humane but tough-minded solutions to the problem of shrinking wages." –Gary Burtless, The Brookings Institution

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The Geography of American Poverty

Is There a Need for Place-Based Policies?

Mark D. Partridge and Dan S. Rickman

Partridge and Rickman explore the wide geographic disparities in poverty across the United States. Their focus on the spatial dimensions of U.S. poverty reveals distinct differences across states, metropolitan areas, and counties and leads them to consider why antipoverty policies have succeeded in some places and failed in others.

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Globalization and International Development

Critical Issues of the 21st Century

Sisay Asefa, Editor

This book presents a group of notable scholars who examine the relationship between globalization and poverty from a number of diverse perspectives. They find common ground in that each see benefits from facilitating and expanding flows of international trade and capital, migration, remittances, and foreign aid.

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The Health and Wealth of a Nation

Employer-Based Health insurance and the Affordable Care Act

Nan L. Maxwell

In this timely new book, Nan L. Maxwell examines the behavior of firms with respect to their provision of health care prior to ACA deliberations and uses those behaviors to forecast changes in employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) once the ACA is fully implemented. Her analysis focuses on potential changes in the ESI offer due to implementation of the ACA concerning access and quality.

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How Do We Spend Our time?

Evidence from the American Time Use Survey

Jean Kimmel, Editor

This book offers contributions from a number of noted economists who exploit the American Time Use Survey to reveal findings that have numerous implications for the U.S. labor market. The authors examine topics such as child care, housework, household production and consumption, and shift work. In each case, the focus is on the value of time and how time spent on one activity instead of another represents value gained for the first activity and value lost for the second.

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Human Resource Economics and Public Policy

Essays in Honor of Vernon M. Birggs Jr.

Charles J. Whalen, Editor

This book pays tribute to Vernon M. Briggs Jr. and his enduring mark on the study of human resources. The chapters, by his students and colleagues, explore and extend Briggs's work on employment, education and training, immigration, and local labor markets. His unwavering emphasis on institutional reality, public policy, and economic dynamics animates the entire collection.

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Imagining the Ideal Pension System

International Perspectives

Dana M. Muir and John A. Turner, Editors

Muir and Turner gather an international roster of pension experts who present what they think would be the ideal pension systems for their countries and why. Those countries include the United States, the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Poland, and Japan.

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Income Volatility and Food Assistance in the United States

Dean Jolliffe and James P. Ziliak, Editors

The papers in this volume provide much-needed focus and in-depth coverage of the effect of income volatility on the participation in and design of food assistance programs such as the Food Stamp Program and the National School Lunch Program.

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Individaul Accounts for Social Security Reform

International Perspectives on the U.S. Debate

John A. Turner

John Turner uses the documented experiences of many countries—including the U.K., Sweden, Chile, Australia, Canada, and others—and the tools of economics to analyze the public policy issues surrounding the proposed implementation of individual accounts as part of the U.S. Social Security system. The result is a book that clarifies these issues while offering direction to Social Security policymakers. Also included is a comprehensive overview of the types of defined contribution plans in use today.

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Investing in Kids

Early Childhood Programs and Local Economic Development

Timothy J. Bartik

Bartik shows that investing in high-quality early childhood programs produces long-term local economic development benefits.

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