Helen Lachs Ginsburg, Who Saw a Living Wage as a Right, Dies at 91

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Reprinted from The New York Times by on November 4, 2020.

Helen Lachs Ginsburg, an economist and leading authority on full employment, or what has been called a job guarantee, died on October 8 in a hospital in Queens. She was 91.

Her family said she had multiple health problems.

Dr. Ginsburg had retired as a professor of economics at Brooklyn College, where she specialized in labor and social welfare. She studied the public policy’s ramifications of full employment in the United States as well as in Sweden, and she received several awards from the US Department of Labor.

Full employment — defined as an economy in which anyone who wants a job can find one — has been part of the national conversation since the early 20th century. …

NY Times 11/4

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