Unemployment Insurance Reform: Elements of a Social Provisioning Approach

Peterson, Janice
June 2008
Journal of Economic Issues (Association for Evolutionary Economi;Jun2008, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p453
Academic Journal
Unemployment Insurance (UI) has played an important role in efforts to provide economic security for American workers for over 70 years. Analysts from across the political spectrum, however, argue that the UI system has not kept up with the needs of the changing economy and workforce, and reforms are needed to modernize the system. This article examines recent UI reform proposals that seek to enhance the program's "social provisioning" function - that is, to increase the ability of different groups of unemployed workers to receive UI benefits and improve the UI system's provisions for the long-term unemployed.


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