Oxford Review of Economic Policy volume 27, issue 2, P221-240 2011 DOI: 10.1093/oxrep/grr017 View full text
D. R. Howell, B. M. Azizoglu

Abstract: In the midst of sharply rising long-term unemployment, a series of unemployment benefit (UB) eligibility extensions raised the regular 26-week limit to as many as 99 weeks in some states. In response, leading economists have invoked the 'laws of economics' to warn that the extensions may be responsible for much of the current unemployment crisis. This prediction follows directly from a neoclassical vision in which jobs are taken only to generate the income necessary for desired levels of consumption and leisur…

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