To fully understand unemployment, we must consider the causes of recorded long-term unemployment. Empirical evidence shows that two causes are welfare payments and unemployment insurance.
[. . .] by providing an incentive, and the means, not to work. Each unemployed person has a “reservation wage”—the minimum wage he or she insists on getting before accepting a job. Unemployment insurance and other social assistance programs increase that reservation wage, causing an unemployed person to remain unemployed longer.
[. . .] Unemployment insurance also extends the time a person stays off the job.
. . . Another cause of long-term unemployment is unionization. High union wages that exceed the competitive market rate are likely to cause job losses in the unionized sector of the economy.
. . . There is no question that some long-term unemployment is caused by government intervention and unions that interfere with the supply of labor.
I haven’t been able to locate the date this was written, but it references a 2003 paper so it is 2003 or later.
Why is this guy allowed anywhere near our government?