Public Works and Unemployment: A Panel Discussion

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 8, Pg. 46-49

Document Type: Feature article


In March 1983, Civil Engineering—ASCE and the Urban Institute cosponsored a panel discussion in Washington, D.C. bringing together leading spokesmen from the fields of government, civil engineering, labor, and economics to discuss the related problems of high unemployment and the need to rebuild the nation's public works. Under discussion were five questions: Will a public works jobs program really reach those now out of work? How do public works jobs match the profile of the unemployed? How can temporary public works programs be made to fit long-term plans for infrastructure renewal? Can such spending be made truly counter-cyclical, in general, and for 1983? What are the chief obstacles to creating public works jobs swiftly and carrying out projects at low cost? This article reports some highlights of the discussion.

Subject Headings: Infrastructure | Employment | Urban areas | Government | Labor | Economic factors | Construction costs

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