The Job Training Charade (Collection on Technology and Work)
Gordon LaferISBN: 0801489512;
Book Description"In 1982 the U.S. government embarked on a training program everyone knew couldn?t work. More than twenty years and billions of dollars later, politicians are still voting for it." Job training has long been promoted as a centralpolicy response to poverty and unemployment. Both Democrats and Republicans have trumpeted training as the answer to everything from welfare to NAFTA. The Job Training Charade provides a comprehensive critique showing that training has been a near-total failure. Even more dramatically, the book shows how politicians have ignored repeated reports of the program?s failure, and have kept funding a policy they know cannot work. Gordon Lafer first examines the economic assumptions and track record oftraining policy. He goes on to provide a political analysis of why job training has remained so popular despite widespread evidence of its economic failure. The author concludes that job training functions less as an economic...
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