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Author Blanchflower, David G., author

Title Not working : where have all the good jobs gone? / David G. Blanchflower
Published Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2019]
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Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; CONTENTS; Chapter 1. What the Whole World Wants Is a Good Job; Part I: The Problem: The Great Recession Exposed Underlying Fractures; Chapter 2. Unemployment and Its Consequences; Chapter 3. Wage Growth and the Lack of It; Chapter 4. The Semi- Slump and the Housing Market; Chapter 5. Underemployment; Part II: The Response to the Great Recession; Chapter 6. Something Horrible Happened; Chapter 7. Sniffing the Air and Spotting the Great Recession; Chapter 8. The People Have Lost Their Pep; Chapter 9. Somebody Has to Be Blamed
Chapter 10. Disastrous Cries for HelpPart III: What to Do?; Chapter 11. Full Employment; Chapter 12. Put the Pedal to the Metal; Appendix; Acknowledgments; Dedication; Notes; References; Index
Summary Don't trust low unemployment numbers as proof that the labor market is doing fine - it isn't. Not Working is about those who can't find full-time work at a decent wage - the underemployed - and how their plight is contributing to widespread despair, a worsening drug epidemic, and the unchecked rise of right-wing populism. In this revelatory and outspoken book, David Blanchflower draws on his acclaimed work in the economics of labor and well-being to explain why today's postrecession economy is vastly different from what came before. He calls out our leaders and policymakers for failing to see the Great Recession coming, and for their continued failure to address one of the most unacknowledged social catastrophes of our time. Blanchflower shows how many workers are underemployed or have simply given up trying to find a well-paying job, how wage growth has not returned to prerecession levels despite rosy employment indicators, and how general prosperity has not returned since the crash of 2008. Standard economic measures are often blind to these forgotten workers, which is why Blanchflower practices the "economics of walking about "--Seeing for himself how ordinary people are faring under the recovery, and taking seriously what they say and do. Not Working is his candid report on how the young and the less skilled are among the worst casualties of underemployment, how immigrants are taking the blame, and how the epidemic of unhappiness and self-destruction will continue to spread unless we deal with it
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-421) and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 15, 2019)
Subject Disguised unemployment -- Great Britain
Underemployment -- Great Britain
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Economics -- General.
Disguised unemployment.
Economic history.
United Kingdom -- Economic conditions -- 21st century
United Kingdom.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0691186006 (electronic book)
9780691186009 (electronic book)