Book Talk: "Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People"
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Public Affairs Building, Room 4357
Presented by Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research
with Discussant: Andrew Atkeson, UC Los Angeles Economics
About the Book:
(text from: Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR))
While most people intuitively know that low unemployment is important to job seekers, they may not realize that high levels of employment actually would make an enormous difference in the lives of large segments of the workforce who already have jobs. Particularly in an era of historically high wage and income inequality, many in the workforce depend on full employment labor markets, and the bargaining power it provides, to secure a fair share of the economy’s growth. For the bottom third or even half of the wage distribution, high levels of employment are a necessary condition for improving wages, higher incomes, and better working conditions.
About the Speakers:
Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He is frequently cited in economics reporting in major media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, and National Public Radio. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian Unlimited (UK), the Huffington Post, TruthOut, and his blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting. His analyses have appeared in many major publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, the London Financial Times, and the New York Daily News. He received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Michigan.
Andrew Atkeson is the Stanley M. Zimmerman Professor of Economics and Finance at UCLA, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He is currently an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and has served as an associate editor of the American Economic Review. He received his PhD from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in 1988 and his BA from Yale University in 1983.
This event is presented by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) and cosponsored by the Department of Economics