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Toward an Inclusive Recovery: How the Rules of the Labor Market Matter for Workers

September 8 @ 2:15 pm 4:00 pm EDT

How Labor Market Rules Matter for Workers

On September 8, join the Federal Reserve Banks of Minneapolis and Philadelphia for a community development research seminar focused on how the labor market can be made more competitive and supportive of low- and moderate-income workers.

Seminar details

The labor market is a complicated place where workers can have very different experiences depending on the rules, institutions, and employer practices they encounter. The pandemic recession and recovery have highlighted the importance of labor market policies and dynamics, especially as they affect workers’ ability to take new jobs and explore new ways of working.

This seminar will explore how the design of the labor market matters for low- and moderate-income workers in particular. Experts will discuss their research and its implications for how the labor market can be made more competitive and supportive of workers.

Researchers on the first panel of the seminar will focus on how occupational licensing and non-compete contracts affect labor market competition and worker outcomes. Researchers on the second panel will explore how the fundamental structure of labor markets affects workers, with a focus on alternative work arrangements such as independent contracting. 

Agenda


2:15-2:20 pm ET

Welcome

Keith Wardrip, Community Development Research Manager, Philadelphia Fed

2:20-2:25 pm ET

Introductory remarks

Neel Kashkari, President, Minneapolis Fed

2:25-3:10 pm ET

Panel 1: Labor market barriers to opportunities for lower-income workers

Morris Kleiner, professor and AFL-CIO Chair in Labor Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Peter Blair, Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Evan Starr, Associate Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Jane Flanagan, Acting Director, Illinois Department of Labor

Ryan Nunn, Assistant Vice President, Community Development and Engagement, Minneapolis Fed moderator

3:10-3:55 pm ET

Panel 2: The promise and peril of alternative work arrangements

Susan Houseman, Vice President and Director of Research, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Laura Padin, Director of Work Structures, National Employment Law Project

Emilie Jackson, Assistant Professor of Economics, Michigan State University

Katie Lim, Economist, Community Development and Engagement, Minneapolis Fed moderator

3:55-4:00 pm ET

Closing

Keith Wardrip, Community Development Research Manager, Philadelphia Fed

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About the Seminar Series

The Federal Reserve Community Development Research Seminar Series is a forum for exploring the intersection of research, policy, and practice in the community development field. The Series expands access to high-quality research that informs stakeholders who are working to support low- and moderate-income communities and communities of color.