Wednesday 12 June 2019

The ‘Transatlantic jobs miracle’: What lies behind and beneath it?  

Book launch for ‘Not Working’ by David Blanchflower

Wednesday 12 June, 6-7.15pm, Resolution Foundation offices, Westminster


In the US, unemployment has fallen to a five decade low, while in the UK it is at its lowest level since 1974. These headline figures suggest that both countries are close to full employment – and that wage pressure should be building. And yet, real pay growth in both countries remains weak by historic standards and concerns about the quality of work abound.

Is there more to the transatlantic jobs miracle than meets the eye? And with a significant number of Americans giving up on looking for work at all, are the differences as big as the similarities between the UK and US experiences?

To debate these issues, the Resolution Foundation is hosting an event to mark the launch of ‘Not Working’, a new book by economist and former Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member David “Danny” Blanchflower. Danny will be joined by TUC Head of Economics Kate Bell and RF Director Torsten Bell to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of labour markets on both sides of the Atlantic, what lessons countries can learn from each other, and how we can improve both the quantity and quality of work.



David Blanchflower, Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College

Kate Bell, Head of Economics and Social Affairs at the TUC

Torsten Bell, Director of the Resolution Foundation


2 Queen Anne’s Gate

London, SW1H 9AA

Doors open at 5.30pm when refreshments will be available. The event starts at 6pm.