Author Archives: John Alic

What We Mean When We Talk about Workforce Skills

This article is in Preparing for the Next Flood, Spring 2018

Employers’ complaints about skill shortages mask a deeper struggle to preserve and extend their leverage in the labor market. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta stated recently that the United States “has more than six million open jobs, but some employers can’t find workers with the skills to fill them.” Before the 2008 recession, employers complained repeatedly […]


This article is in Practical Pieces of the Energy Puzzle, Winter 2009

Budget doubling defended Richard Freeman and John Van Reenen (“Be Careful What You Wish For: A Cautionary Tale about Budget Doubling,” Issues, Fall 2008 ) provided a thought-provoking analysis of the budget doubling for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). They raised an important point that we must view future research funding increases in terms […]

Book Review: Taming globalization

This article is in Perennial Agriculture, Fall 2011

Taming globalization The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy by Dani Rodrik. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2011, 368 pp. John Alic Harvard’s Dani Rodrik is one of the most perceptive U.S. commentators on international trade and investment. For more than a dozen years, as signaled by the title of […]