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| Lawrence Katz
May 9, 2022, Video: "In this interview, I talk with distinguished labor economist, Larry Katz. Larry Katz is a pillar in economics as longtime editor of the top journal in economics, the Quarterly Journal of Economics. He is also a professor of economics at Harvard University where he has written seminal works in labor economics on topics like inequality and education. We discuss his time as editor at the QJE and its influence, as well as what…
| William Kerr
April 28, 2022, Video: "Friday, April 29, 2022 2:00pm-3:20pm (ET), Panel Session 5 – From Skills to Jobs:  Panelists: Stefano Scarpetta, Director for Employment, Labour, and Social Affairs at the OECD; William (Bill) R. Kerr, D’Arbeloff Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Bill is the Unit Head of Entrepreneurial…
| Daniel Schneider
April 2022, Paper: "Low wages are widespread in the service-sector – a sector that makes up nearly 20% of the nation’s workforce. While the COVID-19 crisis has focused public and policy attention on the service-sector, workers in retail, food service, big box stores, pharmacy, hardware, delivery, grocery and other subsectors continue to labor under precarious working conditions. Workers struggle with a lack of paid sick leave, unstable and…
| Justin de Benedictis-Kessner
April 25, 2022, Paper: "Policy with concentrated costs often faces intense localized opposition. Both private and governmental actors frequently use financial compensation to attempt to overcome this opposition. Using the policy of new housing production, we measure the effectiveness of financial compensation in winning policy support. We build a novel survey that shows respondents images of their self-reported neighborhood with hypothetical…
| Sandra J. Sucher
April 21, 2022, Video: "Professor Sandra Sucher joins Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Brian Kenny to discuss the importance of people's trust in government, business, and institutions. They consider why leaders need to understand the origins of trust and why they need to build the question of trust into their decision-making. Professor Sucher also offers suggestions for leaders on what they can do to regain lost trust." Non-HKS…
| Letian Zhang
April 13, 2022, Paper: "Employers often recruit workers by invoking corporate social responsibility, organizational purpose, or other claims to a prosocial mission. In an era of substantial labor market inequality, commentators typically dismiss these claims as hypocritical: prosocial employers often turn out to be no more generous with low-wage workers than are other employers. In this article, we argue that prosocial commitments in fact…
| Jason Furman
April 12, 2022, Opinion: "The U.S. economy has been enjoying the fastest job growth in almost four decades. Unfortunately, inflation-adjusted wages are falling faster than they have in 40 years. Inflation ran 8.5% in the year ending last month, while nominal wages grew only 5.6%, a decline in inflation-adjusted wages of 2.7%. This presents a serious challenge to the “hot economy” thesis that tighter labor markets lead to rising real wages. This…
| Joseph Fuller
2022, Paper: "A significant number of American workers - 44 per cent - are employed in low-wage jobs at the front line of industries. Despite undertaking some of the most tedious, dirtiest, and most dangerous jobs, low-wage workers are - and have long been - the most likely to be overlooked by employers and by society. Business leaders express growing anxiety about their ability to fill the low-level positions that are at the foundation of their…
| Sandra Susan Smith
2022, Paper: "Nationwide, 36 states and over 150 cities and counties have adopted what is widely known as “Ban the Box” (BtB) (NELP 2020). These policies require employers to remove conviction and arrest history questions from job applications and delay background checks until after a conditional offer has been made.1 The policy is designed to encourage employers to consider a job candidate’s qualifications first – without the stigma of a…
| Boris Groysberg
March 25, 2022, Opinion: "Everyone is exhausted. People are coping with collective grief and trauma on a global scale, which means leaders have to learn and exercise new skills. The authors share steps you can take to foster healthy coping mechanisms and discourage unhealthy ones; help ward off some of the typical mistakes that people make under pressure; and ensure you don’t cause additional anxiety on top of what people are already dealing…