Friday, November 27, 2009

a recovery without jobs is no recovery at all

What We Can Learn From E. Wight Bakke?

In 1940 Yale Professor of Economics and Director of Unemployment Studies E. Wight Bakke published a pair of volumes titled The Unemployed Worker and Citizens Without Work, reporting the results of a remarkable eight-year study of unemployed workers and their families in Depression era New Haven. Seventy years later, the study's analysis still resonates, and never more so than in light of this month's unemployment figures showing jobless rates in the double digits, where they are expected to stay for the next couple of years.