David G. Blanchflower, professor at Dartmouth College, presented his noteworthy new book, Not Working: Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone?, at a launch event at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) on June 14, 2019.
Not Working is about those who cannot find full-time work at a decent wage—the underemployed—and how their plight is contributing to widespread despair, a worsening drug epidemic, and the unchecked rise of right-wing populism. Blanchflower draws on his acclaimed work in the economics of labor and well-being to explain why today's post-recession economy is vastly different from what came before. The book is a candid report on how the young and the less skilled are among the worst casualties of underemployment, how immigrants are taking the blame, and how the epidemic of unhappiness and self-destructive behavior will continue to spread unless we deal with it.
David G. Blanchflower has been the Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College since 2001. He is also professor of economics at the University of Stirling, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England, from June 2006 to June 2009. He was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2009 for services to the Monetary Policy Committee and economics.