Fall 2014 Events
Note: additional events will be added as the Fall Colloquium Series is finalized.
Monday, September 29, 2014 | 12pm - 1pm
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
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.
Monday, October 13, 2014 | 12pm - 1pm
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.
Monday, October 27, 2014 | 12pm - 1pm
Inputs in the Production of Early Childhood Human Capital: Evidence from Head Start
Christopher Walters, Assistant Professor, Economics
Monday, November 3, 2014 | 12pm - 1pm
Long-Term Nonemployment and Job Displacement
Till von Wachter, Economics, UCLA
Monday, November 17, 2014 | 12pm - 1pm
The Effects of Youth Employment: Evidence from New York City Summer Youth Employment Program Lotteries
Alexander Gelber, Assistant Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy
Monday, December 1, 2014 | 12pm - 1pm
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.
All events are located at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley.
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