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The Great Recession has deepened a long-term trend (briefly reversed in the late 1990s) toward a hollowing out of America’s middle class, with job growth predominantly at lower and higher incomes and growing wage inequality. Even after the job losses of the recession are erased, a deeper challenge remains: how to create good, well-paid jobs to sustain and grow America’s middle class.
Please join The Hamilton Project and the Center for American Progress for the first of two conferences addressing the implications of the competitive global economy and rapid technological change for the challenge of creating high-paying jobs in the United States. April’s conference will feature the release of a new paper by MIT economics professor David Autor that analyzes the long-term trends in employment, earnings, and job opportunities, followed by two panels of academics, policy thinkers, and policymakers, and capped off with a thought-provoking dialogue between one of the president’s top economic advisors and the mayor of the nation’s largest city.
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Light Breakfast
8:50 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. The State of the U.S. Labor Market
David Autor, Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Economic Growth and Job Creation
Alan Auerbach, Professor of Economics, University of California Berkley
Michael Greenstone, Director, The Hamilton Project; Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alan Krueger, Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, Treasury Department
John van Reenen, Director, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics
Chrystia Freeland, Global Editor-at-Large, Reuters
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The American Worker
Ron Blackwell, Chief Economist, AFL-CIO
Heather Boushey, Senior Economist, Center for American Progress
Larry Katz, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Cecilia Rouse, President’s Council of Economic Advisers
Greg Ip, U.S. Economics Editor, The Economist
Charlie Rose, Host, Charlie Rose
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