In October 2015, the Center hosted the conference “Employment,
Earnings and Inequality: Realities and Opportunities in Low Wage
Labor Markets.” This conference presented both quantitative and
qualitative research on questions related to low wage labor
markets, covering topics that include wage trends and shifts in
occupations, policies that enhance wages, issues related to
immigration, mobility, stigma and identity among low-skilled
In this Keynote presentation, Paul Osterman discusses the
low-wage labor market and policies that affect low-wage workers.
Osterman is the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Professor
of Human Resources and Management at the M.I.T. Sloan School of
Management as well as a member of the Department of Urban
Planning at M.I.T.
In this presentation, Jeffrey Clemens discusses his work on how
the Great Recession affected employment and income for
low-skilled workers. Clemens is an assistant professor in
the Department of Economics at UC San Diego.
In this presentation, David Pedulla discusses his work on the
stigma of low-wage work based experimental field and survey
evidence. Pedulla is an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Sociology and a Faculty Research Associate of the Population
Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.