Occupational Labor Shortages: Concepts, Causes, Consequences, and Cures

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Barnow, Trutko, and Piatak focus on whether persistent occupation-specific labor shortages might lead to inefficiencies in the U.S. economy. They describe why shortages arise, the difficulty in ascertaining that a shortage is present, and how to assess strategies to alleviate the shortage.

Four occupations are used as test cases: 1) special education teachers, 2) pharmacists, 3) physical therapists, and 4) home health and personal care aides. For each of these occupations the authors summarize evidence that reveals whether it is currently or has recently experienced a labor shortage and suggest possible ways to alleviate the shortage if it is present.

The authors close with a chapter discussing their conclusions and potential uses for occupational shortage data, including in helping determine immigration policy. They also discuss the limited nature of the occupational data currently collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and how the federal and state governments could expand their data collection efforts to assist policy formation.

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Burt S. Barnow is the Amsterdam Professor of Public Service and of Economics at George Washington University. He previously served as director of the Office of Research and Evaluation in the Employment and Training Administration.

John Trutko is president of Capital Research Corporation.

Jaclyn Schede Piatak is a PhD candidate in public administration and policy at American University.

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