Quick Reminder: Casey Mulligan Argued that a Main Factor Pushing Unemployment Higher in the Great Recession Was Food Stamps

July 24, 2020

This is worth keeping in mind when reading a New York Times article discussing Republican plans to cut the weekly $600 supplement to unemployment insurance benefits. The piece cites Mulligan as a conservative economist who argues that this supplement is discouraging people from working and therefore keeping unemployment high. In this context, it is worth remembering that Mulligan made the same argument about the high unemployment in the Great Recession.

Note: Mulligan tweeted this note, which gives his estimates of the employment impact of food stamps, unemployment insurance, and other benefit programs put in place or enhanced under Obama.

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