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The jobs crisis is one of the most pressing challenges facing policymakers today, with one in six Americans out of work, underemployed or no longer searching for work.

To better understand this issue, the Baker Institute Student Forum hosted a debate on student-developed plans to foster job creation.

Four students from the Rice University Young Democrats and four students from the Rice Conservative Forum argued their respective plans for job growth. The audience participated in the conversation through a question-and-answer session with the panelists.

View video from the Nov. 29, 2011, debate below.