Disparities in the Labor Market: What Are We Missing?

September 26-27, 2017

Federal Reserve Board, Washington, D.C.

About

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is holding a conference on September 26-27, 2017, at the Wilson Center at 1801 K St., featuring new research on disparities in labor market outcomes. The conference will bring together diverse networks of researchers and policy analysts to examine the causes of these disparities, to explore the implications for aggregate economic performance, and to brainstorm new directions for research and policy.

Please note that attendance at the conference is by invitation only, and capacity is limited.

Please direct all questions and correspondence, including paper submissions to: Labor-Market-Disparities-Conf@frb.gov.

Organizing Committee:
Stephanie Aaronson, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Amanda Bayer, Swarthmore College and Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Sarena Goodman, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Heidi Kaplan, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Ellen Merry, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Ivan Vidangos, Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Call for Papers

Labor market outcomes vary widely across demographic groups, including those defined by race/ethnicity, gender, and geography. Accordingly, economic analyses that focus exclusively on aggregate outcomes may overlook important disparities in how various groups experience the labor market. The Federal Reserve Board invites submissions of academic research papers to be considered for presentation at a conference that brings together diverse networks of researchers and policy analysts to examine the causes of these disparities, to explore the implications for aggregate economic performance, and to brainstorm new directions for research and policy.

Possible Paper Topics:
The conference will accept high-quality academic papers from a wide range of topics, methods, disciplines, and perspectives. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • New insights on the range of employment experiences (e.g. unemployment, labor force participation, compensation, and job characteristics) across groups and/or on the causes of differences across groups
  • The macroeconomic costs of the underdevelopment and underutilization of human capital
  • The consequences of inattention to distress in localized markets
  • Whether the labor market recovery from the Great Recession has been broad-based and, if not, why some groups have not experienced as much improvement as the aggregate data suggest
  • Evidence for or against positive hysteresis
  • Assessment of mechanisms through which macroeconomic policies, and particularly monetary policy, influence disparities in labor market outcomes
  • Other implications of heterogeneity for monetary and fiscal policy and regulation

Paper Submissions and Conference Invitations:
We invite authors to submit extended abstracts or completed papers to Labor-Market-Disparities-Conf@frb.gov by April 28, 2017. Extended abstracts should be 2 to 4 pages in length and include motivation for the research question, methodology, data sources if an empirical study, and a description of expected research findings and policy implications. Questions may also be directed to this email address. Submissions will be reviewed and selected for presentation by the organizing committee. Authors of accepted papers will be notified in mid-May 2017. Travel funding may be available for presenters. Please note that conference attendance is by invitation only and capacity is limited.

 

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Last Update: September 22, 2017