Creating 21st Century Jobs: Increasing Employment and Wages for American Workers in a Changing World


Released: December 2010 • Strategy Paper

Related Topics: Employment & Wages, Technology & Innovation, Global Economy


In this paper, the Center for American Progress (CAP) and The Hamilton Project (THP) outline three proposals to help address the long-run imperative of creating jobs and improving wages in the United States. These proposals, which span the policy spectrum, include ideas for making higher education accessible to more Americans, enabling as many individuals as possible to participate in the labor force, and improving business incentives to invest in the United States — each of which is critical to ensuring American economic competitiveness in the coming decades.

Proposals include “Grading Higher Education: Giving Consumers the Information They Need,” by Bridget Terry Long, Professor of Education and Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; “Supporting Work: A Proposal for Modernizing the U.S. Disability Insurance System,” by David H. Autor, Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Mark Duggan, Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland; and “A Modern Corporate Tax,” by Alan J. Auerbach, Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

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