Good Jobs and Bad Jobs
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1. Human happiness is more affected by whether or not one has a job than by what kind
of job it is.
2. Thus, when jobs are to hand, we should insist that unemployed people take them. This
involves a much more pro-active placement service and clearer conditionality than
applies in many countries.
3. But we should also guarantee unemployed people work within a year of becoming
unemployed. In this way we put a reciprocal obligation on the state (to produce work)
and on the individual (to take it). Such a guarantee requires a well- judged mix of
subsidies, supported work, and training.
4. Where there is low pay, the correct response is in-work benefits, together with a longterm
strategy to reduce low skill.