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

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Location: Virtual

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.

You must register for each meeting separately. Click on the links below to register for the meetings you will be attending.

Agenda (updates may occur)

Session 1
Monday, February 1
Register to Attend Session 1
2–3:30 p.m. (ET)
State of Labor Market Outcomes

Day's Framing: William M. Rodgers III, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Research Panel
Presenter: Laura Choi, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Presenter: Niki D. vonLockette, Penn State University
Presenter: Brad J. Hershbein, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Discussant and Q&A: Rebecca Dixon, National Employment Law Project

Remarks from Federal Reserve Presidents
Raphael W. Bostic, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Eric Rosengren, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Session 2
Tuesday, February 2
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2–3:30 p.m. (ET) The Future of Work/Alternative Work Arrangements

Remarks from Federal Reserve President
Loretta J. Mester, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Day's Framing: David Weil, Brandeis University

Research Panel
Presenter: Diana Enriquez, Doctoral Candidate, Princeton University
Presenter: Lawrence D.W. Schmidt, MIT Sloan School of Management
Presenter: Thomas Lyttelton, Doctoral Candidate, Yale University
Discussant and Q&A: Palak Shah, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Session 3
Wednesday, February 3
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2–3:30 p.m. (ET) Education and Credentials

Remarks from Federal Reserve President
Patrick T. Harker, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Day's Framing: Michelle Asha Cooper, Institute for Higher Education Policy

Research Panel
Presenter: Ryan James Parsons, Doctoral Candidate, Princeton University
Presenter: Julie L. Hotchkiss, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Presenter: Isabel Cardenas-Navia, WorkCred
Discussant and Q&A: Chauncy Lennon, Lumina Foundation
Session 4
Thursday, February 4
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2–3:30 p.m. (ET) Career Pathways

Remarks from Federal Reserve President
Mary C. Daly, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Day's Framing: Elisabeth Jacobs, Urban Institute

Research Panel
Presenter: Papia Debroy, Opportunity@Work
Presenter: Jessica Santos, Brandeis University
Discussant and Q&A: Amanda Cage, National Fund for Workforce Solutions

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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