Walter Nicholson on Unemployment "Cheats"

In a Business Insider article about people who still collect unemployment insurance system even after finding work, economics professor Walter Nicholson affirmed U.S. Labor Department statistics that indicate few of these cases involve intentional fraud. “It’s kind of like people who make honest mistakes on their income taxes, but if the employer doesn’t speak up, and the state keeps paying, how are they to know they’re wrong?” he asked. Read the full article here.

Its Strength Is Its Weakness

Orlando Sentinel: Have extended jobless benefits added to unemployment rate?

Economics professor Walter Nicholson served as an expert source for this piece on employment on the Florida newspaper’s Web site.

A Safety Net for the Unemployed

February 25, 2010

As the Great Recession continues into 2010, one of its defining characteristics is persistent unemployment. Walter Nicholson, the Ward H. Patton Professor of Economics, is a leading expert on unemployment insurance systems, which not only help laid-off workers but also prop up economies by helping to replace lost purchasing power.

Professional and Biographical Information

Degrees

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1970)
B.A., Williams College (1964)
A.M. (honorary), Amherst College (1978)