Category Archives: Job Guarantee

This category covers posts that explicitly develop the concept of the Job Guarantee

Automation and full employment – back to the 1960s

On August 19, 1964, the then US President Lyndon B. Johnson established the – National Commission on Technology, Automation, and Economic Progress. He established the Commission in response to growing concern during the deep 1960-61 recession that the unemployment had … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Future of Work, Job Guarantee, Labour Force, Reclaim the State, Unemployment Benefits, US economy | 20 Comments

Three recent interviews – transcripts and video

Today, I have translated two interviews I did while I was in Europe recently. The original interviews were in Spanish. The first interview was with Andrés Villena Oliver for CTXT and was published in the Spanish newspaper Público. It was … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Economics, Eurozone, Fiscal Statements, Job Guarantee | 9 Comments

Australian government employment plan – racist and in breach of our laws

Today’s discussion is about how employment policy becomes so corrupted by neo-liberal ideology (overlaid with some healthy racism) that the government causes damage rather than advances well-being. The examples I outline demonstrate the wider problem that neo-liberal inspired governments clearly … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Job Guarantee, Labour costs, Labour Force | 5 Comments

A Basic Income Guarantee does not reduce poverty

Poverty arises for a number of reasons but a lack of income has to be a central characteristic of someone who is poor. And notwithstanding the increasing tendency for people who work full-time to be found earning wages that place … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Job Guarantee | 58 Comments

4 years later – the European Youth Guarantee is an under-funded failure

I read a social media quip today from someone who said they had “been banned from their library for moving the books on trickle down economics into the mythology section”. That is pure class. The mover not the banner. But … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, Job Guarantee | 3 Comments

There is more to the Job Guarantee literature than a few blog posts

I have noticed a new phenomenon – a sort of new myopia – has emerged as the blogoshphere has expanded. The knowledge set that people think they are empowering themselves with becomes rather constricted – sometimes to a selection of … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Job Guarantee | 29 Comments

A basic income guarantee is a neo-liberal strategy for serfdom without the work

A reader pointed out the other day that a good idea remains a good idea even if bad people advocate it. This was in relation to my blog – Why are CEOs now supporting basic income guarantees?. It reprised an … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Job Guarantee | 43 Comments

Why are CEOs now supporting basic income guarantees?

It does not quite add up. But then why should it. Spin is spin. On the one hand, we are being constantly told that the world has entered a new era of secular stagnation, driven by an ageing population and … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Debriefing 101, Job Guarantee | 45 Comments

Cash transfers are not squandered on booze but do not replace the need for jobs

Some years ago I was asked to design a framework for the implementation of minimum wage system in South Africa as part of an ILO project my research group was involved. We were evaluating the first five years of the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Job Guarantee | 26 Comments

A Job Guarantee ensures there is always a job for the unskilled

Economists often use the so-called Unemployment-Vacancy (UV) ratio, which is the number of official unemployed divided by the number of unfilled vacancies at any point in time, to measure the strength of the labour market. The latest data from the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Job Guarantee, Labour Force | 8 Comments