I am very proud of the large number of Employment Policy Research Network researchers who, over the past week, have published op-eds, appeared in the media, and provided private advice to our leaders on how to address the nation’s jobs’ crisis. We have collected a sample of them here for easy reference. This is exactly why we created EPRN — to generate and communicate policy ideas that are well grounded in objective, analytic research. Following this message are EPRN researcher sources, contact information and recent clips. The researchers are available for follow-up comments on the President's speech and on these issues going forward.
Thomas A. Kochan
Thomas A. Kochan
George M. Bunker Professor of Management
Co-Director, Institute of Work and Employment Research
MIT Sloan School of Management
100 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 253-6689 (o)
(617) 872-0608 (c)
MIT's Tom Kochan in a Huffington Post op-ed, "Beyond Labor Day: The Year for a Jobs Compact," champions a national infrastructure bank, race-to-the top education reforms, tax reform and a new social compact by business, government and labor.
Lawrence Katz, Harvard economist, former chief economist at the Department of Labor, advises a job-creation tax credit, aid to state and local and governments, infrastructure investment and more flexible Unemployment Insurance in a Sept. 6, 2011, New York Times op-ed, "Invest in Workers."
Paul Osterman, MIT economist, defines what job creation means and reports on the scale and long and deep negative effects of bad jobs and the positive effects of good jobs in a New York Times Labor Day op-ed, "Yes We Need Jobs. But What Kind?"
Nancy Folbre, University of Massachusetts-Amherst economist and New York Times Economix blogger, makes the case in her Labor Day blog, "Public Job Creation," for direct government job creation in general and especially for women's jobs.
Barry Bluestone, dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, in a Sept. 6, 2011, New York Times op-ed, "A Four-Step Program for Saving the Economy," argues that President Obama should take four shared-sacrifice policy steps including freezing public employees' wages with a commitment to no layoffs for two years and creating a $100 billion program to aid state governments and municipalities.
Susan Helper, economist and economics department chair at Case Western Reserve University, argues in a major new research piece, "The U.S. Auto Supply Chain at a Crossroads," that the United States can rebuild its manufacturing sector by adhering to proven "high-road" principles and practices.
John W. Budd, University of Minnesota human resources and industrial relations professor, in a Labor Day op-ed, "The Nature of Work, in its Purer Forms," in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on the contemporary essence and meanings of work and what it should be.
Adam Seth Litwin, Johns Hopkins University's Carey Business School professor, in a Labor Day op-ed, "The Future of Human Capital: An Employment Relations Perspective," in the Baltimore Sun argues that to be competitive globally, U.S. businesses need to invest in their employees' education and training
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