Employment Policy Research Network

Source: Employment Policy Research Network, 2011

We come to you as a diverse group of academic researchers from more than 30 universities who share a deep interest and concern about the state of work and employment in the United States and around the world.

We formed this research network because of our shared concern that there has been limited use of analytically well-grounded policy analysis to formulate appropriate policy responses for the greatest jobs crisis since the Great Depression. Instead of developing and implementing policy based on evidence from research and experience, the country is locked in an ideological stalemate over nearly every aspect of employment policy. Our hope is to reframe policy debates using our collective knowledge based on rigorous research about the functioning of labor markets to better address the aftermath of the Great Recession.

We will use this Web site to communicate research on employment policy issues to government policy officials, the press and public, and leaders in business, labor, and other labor market institutions who share an interest in and responsibility for shaping the future of employment policy and practice. Postings will include published scholarly papers, working papers, op-ed pieces, policy briefs, and blog references to available data sets and resources on other websites. We invite comments and questions.

We have picked three issues as priority topics to inaugurate the research network and website. The two most critical issues of the day are how to address the jobs deficit and protracted unemployment and how to deal with the long-term stagnation in wages that continues to hold down the standard of living of workers and families.

The last significant revision to NLRA was in 1959. So given the substantial changes in the labor since then, the NLRA is in need of significant reform, updating, and some would say fundamental transformation. Our focus will be on reframing what has been an ideologically driven debate into a more evidence-based discussion of options.We want to serve the needs of all who share a concern for work and employment policy and practice so please pass on your ideas on how we can better serve your needs.

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