Department of Labor: Further Reading

  • Chris Edwards

General Resources

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. The CFDA website includes a description of all federal subsidy programs, including labor subsidy programs.

Congressional Research Service. CRS briefing papers on current labor issues are available here.

Government Accountability Office. GAO reports on the operations of Department of Labor programs are available here.

U.S. Department of Labor. The department’s website provides information on its activities and programs.

U.S. Department of Labor. The Office of Inspector General investigates waste, fraud, and abuse in department programs.

Labor Unions

Are Unions Good for America? Cato Journal 30, no. 1 (Winter 2010).

Paul Bachman, Michael Head, Sarah Glassman, and David Tuerck, “The Federal Davis-Bacon Act: The Prevailing Mismeasure of Wages,” Beacon Hill Institute, Suffolk University, February 2008.

Don Bellanta, David Denholm, and Ivan G. Osorio, “Vallejo Con Dios: Why Public Sector Unionism Is a Bad Deal for Taxpayers and Representative Government,” Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 645, September 28, 2009.

Chris Edwards, “Public-Sector Unions,” Cato Institute Tax and Budget Bulletin no. 61, March 2010.

James Sherk, “Declining Unionization Calls for Re-Envisioning Workplace Relations,” Heritage Foundation, January 21, 2011.

Unemployment Insurance

Daniel Altman and Martin Feldstein, “Unemployment Insurance Savings Accounts,” Working Paper no. 6860, National Bureau of Economic Research, December 1998.

William Conerly, “Unemployment Insurance in a Free Society,” National Center for Policy Analysis, March 2005.

Gonzalo Reyes Hartley, Jan C. van Ours, and Milan Vodopivec, “Incentive Effects of Unemployment Insurance Savings Accounts: Evidence from Chile,” Institute for the Study of Labor (Germany), January 2010.

James Sherk, “Extended Unemployment Insurance Benefits,” Heritage Foundation, January 14, 2010.

Employment and Training Programs

Senator Tom Coburn, “Help Wanted: How Federal Job Training Programs are Failing Workers,” February 2011.

Government Accountability Office, “Multiple Employment and Training Programs,” GAO-11-92, January 2011.

Gordon Lafer, The Job Training Charade (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University, 2002).

Trade Adjustment Assistance

Katherine Baicker and M. Marit Rehavi, “Policy Watch: Trade Adjustment Assistance,” Journal of Economic Perspectives 18, no. 2 (Spring 2004).

Sallie James, “Maladjusted: The Misguided Policy of Trade Adjustment Assistance,” Cato Institute Trade Briefing Paper no. 26, November 8, 2007.


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