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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. 


2:15-2:20 pm ET


2:20-2:25 pm ET

Introductory remarks

Neel Kashkari, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

2:25-3:10 pm ET

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

3:10-3:55 pm ET

Panel 2: The promise and peril of alternative work arrangements

3:55-4:00 pm ET


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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.