Unemployment Benefits: Politics Versus Economics

January 8, 2014

It usually involves some political theater, but Congress has routinely extended emergency unemployment benefits since the depths of the great recession in 2008. But an improving economy, at least on paper, has some questioning whether it’s time to stop.


  • Jeffrey Miron is the director of undergraduate studies in the Economics Department at Harvard.
  • Jeoff Hall is the resident economist for Thomson Reuters’ and the author of the Macro Research Roundup newsletter.

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