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The great jobs mismatch

In an article on structural unemployment, Robert Samuelson writes that “one puzzle of this somber economy is the existence of unfilled jobs in the midst of mass unemployment. You might think (I did) that with almost 14 million Americans unemployed — and nearly half those for more than six months — companies could fill almost any opening quickly. Not so. Somehow, there’s a mismatch between idle workers and open jobs. Economist Prakash Loungani of the IMF estimates that 25% of unemployment is structural; that’s more than 3 million jobs.” Read the full article at the Washington Post.

In an article on structural unemployment, Robert Samuelson writes that “one puzzle of this somber economy is the existence of unfilled jobs in the midst of mass unemployment. You might think (I did) that with almost 14 million Americans unemployed — and nearly half those for more than six months — companies could fill almost any opening quickly. Not so. Somehow, there’s a mismatch between idle workers and open jobs. Economist Prakash Loungani of the IMF estimates that 25% of unemployment is structural;

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Posted by at 1:26 PM

Labels: Unemployment

Profile of Economics Nobel: George Akerlof

Akerlof says the topic that has motivated him the most over his 40-year career is unemployment. “I have always thought of unemployment as a terrible thing. In fact that has been the motivation for almost everything I have ever written. A person without a job loses not just his income but often the sense that he is fulfilling the duties expected of him as a human being.” Moreover, he says it has long been his “dream” to have a macroeconomics grounded in the “full range of human emotions and actions: fairness, confidence, greed, identity, procrastination.” To continue reading check the F&D profile.

Also, thanks to Greg Mankiw and Menzie Chinn who featured the profile on their sites.

Akerlof says the topic that has motivated him the most over his 40-year career is unemployment. “I have always thought of unemployment as a terrible thing. In fact that has been the motivation for almost everything I have ever written. A person without a job loses not just his income but often the sense that he is fulfilling the duties expected of him as a human being.” Moreover, he says it has long been his “dream” to have a macroeconomics grounded in the “full range of human emotions and actions: fairness,

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Posted by at 5:28 PM

Labels: Profiles of Economists

How Often Do Forecasters Revise their Forecasts?

The Economic Times (India) summarizes my recent work on Information Rigidity in Growth Forecasts: Some Cross-Country Evidence (joint with Herman Stekler and Natalia Tamirisa).

The Economic Times (India) summarizes my recent work on Information Rigidity in Growth Forecasts: Some Cross-Country Evidence (joint with Herman Stekler and Natalia Tamirisa).

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Posted by at 1:14 AM

Labels: Economic Forecast

The Economic Crisis and the U.S. Policy Response: Just Right, Too Little or Too Much?

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a forum to give a grade to the U.S. policy response to the financial crisis. My presentation was on the unemployment crisis.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a forum to give a grade to the U.S. policy response to the financial crisis. My presentation was on the unemployment crisis.

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Posted by at 5:56 PM

Labels: Unemployment

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