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  •  I.e., it's about socializing benefits (3+ / 0-)
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    akeitz, Nice Ogre, mike101

    Employers resist more employees at fewer hours, because of the overhead involved in each new hire.

    Some aspects of that - like training costs - are probably unavoidable. Others, like the way employers pay per employee for unemployment insurance, and the way we chose in the forties to have employers be the ones to pick up health care costs and pensions, will have to be addressed by policy changes.

    Any employers here, who can list other current disincentives?

    That's how distribution affects unemployment. Of course, other policy changes, in tax structure and indexing minimum wage to cost of living, will be needed to address distributive inequities that depend on the power of money in politics, rather than on productivity conundrums.

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