The Public Interest

The compelling case for youth apprenticeships

Hillard Pouncy & Robert I. Lerman

Fall 1990

EIGHT YEARS of an expanding economy have brought high employment and raised real incomes, but we remain surrounded by the daily evidence of social disarray—drug-related murders, child abuse, illegitimacy, homelessness, school failure, and the like. Less dramatic but also disturbing are the continuing signs of U.S. economic weakness, as evidenced by America’s low productivity growth and large trade deficits.

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