Fall 2014 Events

Note: additional events will be added as the Fall Colloquium Series is finalized.

Monday, September 29, 2014 | 12pm - 1pm

Minimum wage papers

ROUNDTABLE: IRLE Research on the new wave of minimum wage policies

Sylvia Allegretto, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, IRLE
Annette Bernhardt,Visiting Professor of Sociology and Visiting Researcher
Ken Jacobs, Chair, Center for Labor Research and Education
Michael Reich, Professor Economics, Director, IRLE
Rachel West, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress

» Recent UC Berkeley Minimum Wage Policy Briefs from the IRLE

As protests for higher minimum wages rock localities across the country, UC Berkeley researchers have provided some of the most critical and widely-cited economic studies of how these increases would impact local economies. Local policy briefs have been published on recent minimum wage proposals for the cities of Seattle, Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The authors will discuss these studies as well as California’s minimum wage proposals, the effects minimum wage increases have on SNAP and Medicaid, and other minimum wage proposals being considered throughout the country.

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Monday, October 13, 2014 | 12pm - 1pm

Peter Philips

Prevailing wage laws in construction: wage mandates as a means of promoting collective bargaining

Peter Philips, Professor, Economics, University of Utah

The National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act) is largely irrelevant to construction because the election mechanism used to establish collective bargaining is too time consuming to implement on most short-lived construction sites. De facto, prevailing wage mandates are the primary public policy promoting construction collective bargaining. The construction industry benefits from collective bargaining because this contract form overcomes free-riding dis-incentives-to-train and promotes industry-specific human capital formation and retention. Prevailing wage laws not only promote collective bargaining which in turns promotes skilled careers in construction, but also because many merit shop contractors work on prevailing wage jobs, prevailing wage laws export collectively bargained commitments to apprenticeship training into the commercial and civil-engineering sectors of the open shop. This paper will review the history and politics of prevailing wage laws and then focus on the role of prevailing wage laws in promoting apprenticeship training in construction.

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Monday, October 27, 2014 | 12pm - 1pm

Christopher Walters

Inputs in the Production of Early Childhood Human Capital: Evidence from Head Start

Christopher Walters, Assistant Professor, Economics

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Monday, November 3, 2014 | 12pm - 1pm

Till Von Wachter

Long-Term Nonemployment and Job Displacement

Till von Wachter, Economics, UCLA


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Monday, November 17, 2014 | 12pm - 1pm

Alexander Gelber

The Effects of Youth Employment: Evidence from New York City Summer Youth Employment Program Lotteries

Alexander Gelber, Assistant Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy


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Monday, December 1, 2014 | 12pm - 1pm

Marcy Whitebook

Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The National Child Care Staffing Study 25 Years Later

Marcy Whitebook, Director, Senior Researcher, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE)

Also presenting: Lea J.E. Austin, Fran Kipnis, CSCCE

Presentation of new evidence on the costs of our nation's failure to align expectations and earnings of early childhood teachers examining:

  • Changes in wages, education, and turnover among early education teachers 1989-2013.
  • Economic insecurity among early childhood teachers.
  • Utilization rates and costs of public benefits by early childhood workers and their families.
  • Policy efforts to improve early childhood teaching jobs.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 | 12pm - 1pm

Jérôme Pélisse

Local Industrial Relations in France

Jérôme Pélisse, Professor, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines

Jérôme Pélisse is an Assistant Professor of sociology at the University of Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines and has a CNRS chair between 2010 and 2015. He has directed the center PRINTEMPS (Professions, Institutions and Temporality - CNRS) between 2011 and 2013 and he is currently Visiting Scholar at the Center for Study of Law and Society at UC Berkeley for the Fall. His researches are centered on working time and employment policies, unions, judicial expertise in economics and more broadly on the uses of law in labor relations in France. He directed a collective research on local industrial relations in France in 2014.

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All events are located at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley.

TO ATTEND AN EVENT, PLEASE R.S.V.P. Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu