The University of Wisconsin Press

Economics & Business

Unemployment Insurance
The Second Half-Century
Edited by W. Lee Hansen and James F. Byers

Modeled after Wisconsin’s own unemployment compensation plan in the 1930s, federal unemployment insurance has long been considered one of the most important public policy achievements of the New Deal. Always paying benefits according to legislative and administrative guidelines and never requiring a taxpayer bailout, the program has nonetheless undergone strains induced by structural changes in both the economy and the prevailing political milieu. An outgrowth of a conference to celebrate the program’s fiftieth anniversary, the papers collected in this volume describe the history of the program, analyze the strains it has undergone and that it faces in the 1990s, delineate the source of current debates over unemployment compensation, and offer suggestions for the future of the program..

W. Lee Hansen is professor emeritus of economics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His publications include, Academic Freedom on Trial and Education, Income, and Human Capital. James F. Byers is professor emeritus of industrial and labor relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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February 1990
LC: 89-040257 HD
485 pp.   6 x 9
6 figs., 46 tables

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