Out of Work

Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America

408 pages

July, 1997

ISBN: 9780814787922



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Richard K. Vedder is Distinguished Professor of Economics and Faculty Associate at the Contemporary History Institute of Ohio University, and is the author of numerous books and articles.

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Lowell E. Galloway is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ohio University and a former staff economist on the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress. 

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Redefining the way we think about unemployment in America today, Out of Work offers devastating evidence that the major cause of high unemployment in the United States is the government itself.


  • ”The most comprehensive book ever to appear on unemployment in the United States.”

    —George Gilder, author of Wealth and Poverty

  • ”A triple hit: an engaging narrative of a century of U.S. economic history . . . an attack on the mythology that high wage rates and government spending reduce unemployment and a critique on wrong-headed public policies since 1930 that have raised unemployment levels.”

    —Anna J. Schwartz, National Bureau of Economic Research

  • ”Vedder and Gallaway show convincingly that we need once again to rethink our entire notion of unemployment.”

    —Jonathan R. T. Hughes, Northwestern University

  • ”A book of great interest.”

    —Kenneth Boulding