The Government as Employer of Last Resort? Evidence from a Canadian Experiment

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This lecture is part of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy's COVID-19 Lecture Series: From Crisis to Recovery.

Recently, but especially since the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been renewed interest in the idea of a guaranteed annual income. Less well known, there’s been a renewal in the idea of a job guarantee. In this presentation, we will look at the history of the job guarantee policy idea and explore the impact of a little-known federal pilot project from the early 2000’s called the Community Employment Innovation Project (CEIP). In many respects, the CEIP mimicked the way advocates say a job guarantee should work. Drawing on the CEIP case, our speaker will offer some policy recommendations for the design of both policy ideas in a post-COVID world.

PRESENTED BY: Marc-Andre Pigeon, JSGS Assistant Professor and Director, Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.

Dr. Pigeon’s academic background is in economics as well as communications studies (including journalism), having studied at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and New School University in New York City. His research interests include the study of cooperatives, behavioural economics/psychology, income distribution, money and banking, and fiscal and monetary policy.

Event Details

01:30 PM - 03:00 PM CST
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