Helping More Unemployed Workers Find Jobs and Build Skills

Jeffrey R. Kling
Jeffrey R. Kling Former Brookings Expert, Associate Director for Economic Analysis - Congressional Budget Office

May 8, 2009

First let me begin by thanking Lou Jacobson for putting together what I think is an excellent paper about Strengthening One-Stop Career Centers. In my remarks, I will aim to do three things:

  • First, I’ll share with you what I believe has been learned about finding jobs and building skills from psychology and behavioral economics, which turns out to be quite complementary to many of Lou’s recommendations based on his study of labor markets and institutions.
  • Second, I’ll talk about implications of these ideas specifically for Workforce Investment
    Act reauthorization.
  • Third, I’ll propose ways in which research capacity at the Labor Department could be strengthened to support innovations potentially

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