Seminar Series

2018-2019 Academic Year

All seminars are held 12:30-2:00 pm in Carlson 1-127 unless otherwise noted. 

Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey Smith (University of Wisconsin)

Title: Does Federally-Funded Job Training Work? Non-experimental Estimates of WIA Training Impacts Using Longitudinal Data on Workers and Firms

Abstract:  We study the job training provided under the US Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to adults and dislocated workers in two states. Our substantive contributions center on impacts estimated non- experimentally using administrative data. These impacts compare WIA participants who do and do not receive training. In addition to the usual impacts on earnings and employment, we link our state data to the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) data at the US Census Bureau, which allows us to estimate impacts on the characteristics of the firms at which participants find employment. We find moderate positive impacts on employment, earnings and desirable firm characteristics for adults, but not for dislocated workers. Our primary methodological contribution consists of assessing the value of the additional conditioning information provided by the LEHD relative to the data available in state Unemployment Insurance (UI) earnings records. We find that value to be zero.

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Robynn Cox (University of Southern California)

Title: The Role of Broad Based Employee Ownership in Prisoner Reentry

Abstract: Blasi, Freeman, and Kruse (2014) argue that broad based employee ownership is one mechanism that could help to restore capitalism as envisioned by the founding fathers of the United States, to restore the middle class, and decrease economic inequality. Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) are one form of broad based employee ownership that has been extensively studied and found to increase wages and employment stability (Kruse 2002).  The role of broad based employee ownership in general, and ESOPs in particular, in prisoner reentry is an understudied area. Even though it is widely believed that a good job (e.g., good wages and benefits) is necessary to successfully transition an individual from confinement back into society (see Cox 2016, Raphael 2011), a preliminary search of the literature revealed no research directly measuring the effect of ESOP employment on labor market outcomes among the formerly incarcerated. This research seeks to fill this gap in the reentry literature by investigating how ESOPs impact labor market outcomes of the formerly incarcerated.  Specifically, this study uses the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to investigate the impact of ESOP employment on the employment, earnings, and non-wage benefits of formerly incarcerated individuals.

Colleen Flaherty Manchester

Colleen Manchester (University of Minnesota)

Title: Dual Career and Mobility


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