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Occupational Labor Shortages

Concepts, Causes, Consequences, and Cures

This book will help readers understand why occupational shortages arise, how to know a shortage when it is present, and to assess strategies to alleviate the shortage.

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Older and Out of Work

Jobs and Social Insurance for a Changing Economy

Randall W. Eberts and Richard A. Hobbie, Editors

This book presents a group of policy experts who advance our understanding of the labor market experiences of older workers while pointing out that current workforce programs often leave this growing population underserved.

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Pension Policy

The Search for Better Solutions

John A. Turner

Turner provides a thorough overview of defined benefit, defined contribution, and hybrid retirement plans; describes the problems inherent in the current pension system; and presents possible solutions to those problems. In doing so, he approaches pension policy from a key perspective, the international perspective.

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The Performance of Performance Standards

James J. Heckman, et al., Editors

Led by Nobel laureate James J. Heckman, the authors draw on a variety of superior data sources to explore how performance standards and incentives influence the behavior of public managers and agency employees, their approaches to service delivery, and ultimately, the outcomes for participants in U.S. employment and training programs.

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The Political Economy of Good Governance

Sisay Asefa and Wei-Chiao Huang

This book outlines the general points of good governance and its challenges. The contributors consider how governance relates to performance management, the influence of political parties, education and health issues in developing countries, and the effects of climate on poverty. Key examples will be drawn from countries in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.

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The Power of a Promise

Educatiion and Economic Renewal in Kalamazoo

Michelle Miller-Adams

When a group of anonymous donors announced in 2005 that they would send every graduate of this midsized public school district to college for free, few within or outside Kalamazoo, Michigan, understood the magnitude of the gesture. Now, in the first comprehensive account of the Kalamazoo Promise, Michelle Miller-Adams charts its initial impact as well as its potential to bring about fundamental economic and social change in a community hurt by job loss, depopulation, and racial segregation.

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Reconnecting to Work

Policies to Mitigate Long-Term Unemployment and Its Consequences

This book affords a better understanding of the consequences of long-term unemployment and the policies that are needed to address it. The contributors present research that examines the psychological as well as economic consequences of experiencing a prolonged spell of joblessness. Included are discussions of policies to increase job creation and to get the long-term unemployed back into jobs.

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The Road through the Rust Belt

From Preeminence to Decline to Prosperity

Edited by William M. Bowen

Examines how and why midwest industrial cities declined and the efforts being made to rejuvenate them.

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Social Security and Pension Reform

International Perspectives

Edited by Marek Szczepanski and John A. Turner

The authors review the interaction of pensions and social security in a number of nations.

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Social Security and the Stock Market

How the Pursuit of Market Magic Shapes the System

Alicia H. Munnell and Steven A. Sass

"Optimal social security design needs to look at the tradeoff between risk and return of retirement benefits. Munnell and Sass provide an excellent and lucid exposition of the issues which arise when seeking higher returns through riskier benefit designs. This is the book to turn to in order to review international experience so as to understand the pluses and minuses of equities." –J. Michael Orszag, Head of Research, Watson Wyatt LLP

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