Uneven Outcomes in the Labor Market: Understanding Trends and Identifying Solutions - February 1–4, 2021

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Location: Virtual

Note: Depending on public health considerations, this conference might adopt a virtual format.

In 2021, community development staff from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, and Philadelphia will host a conference, Uneven Outcomes in the Labor Market: Understanding Trends and Identifying Solutions. The conference will convene a diverse network of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to examine inequities in labor market outcomes and explore the implications of disparities on aggregate economic performance, individual workers, and communities. They will also identify new directions for policy and research.

Understanding employment conditions requires evidence from a wide spectrum of sources. To this end, the Federal Reserve is interested in highlighting research that examines disparities in employment, labor force participation, income, and wealth across demographic groups. Do relatively low levels of labor force participation for some prime working-age groups represent slack that, if successfully tapped, could increase the labor force and boost economic activity? Do shocks to the labor market disproportionately affect certain groups? Because of past and present exclusionary policies and practices, racial disparities in employment outcomes have persisted throughout U.S. history. Analyzing these disparate outcomes can inform policy that identify those who are excluded from the mainstream economy and suggests pathways for inclusion.

Thank you for your paper submissions. More information is coming soon. If you have any questions, please email Sarah Miller.

Organizing Committee
Stuart Andreason, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Sara Chaganti, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Kyle Fee, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Heidi Kaplan, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Sarah Miller, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Keith Wardrip, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia