The 35-day partial government shutdown left 800,000 workers either on furlough or working without pay. It also affected nearly 10,000 companies who contract with the departments that were shutdown. Many people picked up other jobs during the closure, and others were moved from government contracts to working in the private sector. What we don’t know yet is whether these people will return to their jobs or whether there will be a mass exodus from the public sector, particularly as the president is warning another could happen as soon as next month. Host Dan Loney talks with Paul Light, a Professor of Public Service at New York University and Bill Resh, an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, about the repercussions of the longest US government shutdown on Knowledge at Wharton.
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