On February 23-24, 2012, the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor and the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, CUNY, hosted a conference called What Works for Workers? Public Policies and Innovative Strategies for Low-Wage Workers.
The conference showcased the work of Peter Edelman and Harry Holzer from Georgetown, Paul Osterman from MIT Richard Freeman of Harvard, among many others, and engaged them in dialogue with policymakers and advocates, including representatives from the Center for American Progress and the National Employment Law Project.
On the first afternoon of the conference, Joshua Freeman of CUNY and Heidi Shierholz of EPI discussed papers by Alice O’Connor of UCSB, Richard Freeman of Harvard, and Peter Edelman and Harry Holzer of Georgetown.
On Friday, Arin Dube of U-Mass, Amherst, and Jen Kern of the National Employment Law Project, discussed papers on wage floors and government subsidies by Jeannette Wicks-Lim, U-Mass, Amherst, Stephanice Luce, CUNY, and Sarah Hamersma, University of Florida.
During the second panel on Friday morning, Theda Skocpol of Harvard University and Heather Boushey of the Center for American Progress commented on papers on social policies and workplace laws by John Schimtt, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Jeffrey Wenger, University of Georgia, and Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman, CUNY.
During the final panel of the conference, Michael Piore of MIT and Cathy Ruckelshaus of the National Employment Law Project responded to papers addressing new approaches to low-wage work by Jennifer Gordon of Fordham University School of Law, Robert Pollin, U-Mass, Amherst, Paul Osterman, MIT, and David Weil, Boston University.
For a full agenda and paper abstracts, click here. The papers from this conference were published by the Russell Sage Foundation in January 2014 as What Works for Workers?: Public Policies and Innovative Strategies for Low-Wage Workers.