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Rohan Grey & Jillian Hernandez

Title: What Guarantee? What Job? Inclusion and Equity Considerations in the Design of the Job Guarantee

 

Abstract: Advocates of publicly funded direct employment programs along the lines of a Job Guarantee or Employer of Last Resort (ELR) emphasize their success in providing employment opportunities for women presently excluded from the formal economy.[1] While such outcomes are admirable, they are not experienced equally by all women. In particular, undocumented workers, and/or those currently involved in criminalized or stigmatized industries, such as sex work, are likely to face additional legal and administrative barriers to participating in and benefiting equally from a job guarantee program.

 

Removing these barriers is a first-order policy design consideration. Undocumented and immigrant workers comprise a significant fraction of the global labor force, and their second-class legal status with respect to labor protections and political and economic rights is a major source of economic and gender violence. Furthermore, a universal jobs program that excludes currently stigmatized workers risks reinforcing existing disparities in labor standards between the formal and informal economy. Perhaps most importantly, those seeking to advance a universal right to employment beyond proof-of-concept to the point of legislative implementation must preemptively address public anxieties regarding national security, access to public goods by non-citizens, and public funding of stigmatized social activity.

 

This paper explores a number of these issues from a macroeconomic policy and individual human rights’ perspective, informed by the authors’ experiences as practicing attorneys in community-based service organizations.

 

Co-Presenter:

 

Rohan Grey, Esq.

President, The Modern Money Network 

Research Scholar, Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity

Appellate Attorney, Children’s Law Center

 

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Co-Presenter:

 

Jillian Hernandez, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Immigration Protection Unit, New York Legal Assistance Group

 

 

 



[1] See, e.g., P. Tcherneva & R. Wray, 2005, Gender and the Job Guarantee: The Impact of Argentina’s Jefes Program on Female Heads of Poor Households, Center for Full Employment and Price Stability Working Paper No. 50, available at http://www.cfeps.org/pubs/wp-pdf/WP50-Tcherneva-Wray.pdf.