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With more than 15 million Americans still unemployed, job creation remains the central economic issue facing U.S. policymakers. Beyond these near-term cyclical challenges, however, lie deeper structural issues in the labor market that have been developing over the last three decades and were reaching urgent levels even before the Great Recession. As the economy begins to recover, policymakers must also turn their attention to the long-term goal of remaining economically competitive in a rapidly changing global economy.
On December 3, The Hamilton Project and the Center for American Progress will host the second of two conferences addressing the long-term challenges of creating quality jobs in the United States and preparing American workers for those jobs of the future. As part of the event, The Hamilton Project and the Center for American Progress will release three targeted policy proposals by outside scholars to deal with the long-term challenges associated with the new global economy. Following each panel discussion, the conversation will be open to audience questions.
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Light Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Opening Remarks
Robert E. Rubin, Co-chair, Council on Foreign Relations and former U.S. Treasury Secretary
Roger C. Altman, Founder and Chairman, Evercore Partners
Sarah Rosen Wartell, Executive Vice President, Center for American Progress
9:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Roundtable: Proposals for Improving Skills and Creating Jobs
Bridget Terry Long, Harvard University
"Information and Transparency in the Higher Education Marketplace"
Alan Auerbach, University of California, Berkeley
"A Modern Corporate Tax"
David Autor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Supporting Work: A Proposal for Modernizing the U.S. Disability Insurance System"
Cheryl Hyman, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago
Peter Orszag, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Laura Tyson, S.K. and Angela Chan Professor of Global Management, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
Michael Greenstone, Director, The Hamilton Project
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A Conversation About the Future of American Jobs
Secretary Hilda Solis, U.S. Department of Labor
Richard Gephardt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gephardt Group Government Affairs
Penny Pritzker, Chairman of the Board, TransUnion and Pritzker Realty Group
Michael Spence, Nobel Laureate; Professor Emeritus in Economics, Stanford University
John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress