Some economists say that unemployment benefits create a disincentive for working. But if you give a banker a multi-million dollar bonus, some of those same economists call it an incentive to be a financial entrepreneur. Meanwhile, workers are struggling to make ends meet in the face of months and sometimes years of unemployment. What do Takeaway listeners think? Are unemployment benefits creating a disincentive to look for work?
One Takeaway caller says:
"I'm all for people getting their unemployment benefits, but people have to make sure they're applying to jobs once they lose theirs. Just because you lost your job where you were making 100 thousand dollars a year, doesn't mean you can't go back and bus tables to make ends meet."