Unemployment is a pressing national problem and, for individuals, a personal crisis. And, unfortunately, lots of our friends, neighbors, and colleagues are in the midst of this experience. However, an MIT economist has been thinking about how the experience of being unemployed can be improved.

In the News Office’s 3 Questions series, MIT economist Ivan Werning, who teaches macroeconomic theory, talks about his proposal to change the length and level of unemployment benefits and how that might help the nation.