March 2015 (No. 77)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Stefanie Kalmin, Janice Kimball, Jenifer MacGillvary, Myra Armstrong, Ferheen Abbasi and Megan Emiko Scott

In This Issue:

Especially Recommended
Monday, March 9, 2015 | 12pm - 1pm
Building Worker Power
Bob King, Former President, UAW; Visiting Researcher IRLE and Center for Latin American Studies

Conference | Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 7:30am - 6:30pm
Reducing Inequality in a Sustainable World

IRLE News and Events
IRLE Colloquium Series
Special Event, March 5, 2015: "Reducing Inequality in a Sustainable World"
Recent Working Papers
IRLE Web Traffic:  February Highlights

IRLE Programs
The Labor Center
California Public Employee Relations
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

Campus News and Events
Center for Japanese Studies
Center for Latin American Studies
Economics Department


IRLE News and Events

IRLE Colloquium Series

All events are held in the Large Conference Room at 2521 Channing Way, unless otherwise noted.
A light lunch is served.

To attend an event, please RSVP: Myra Armstrong,

Joe StiglitzMonday, march 9, 2015 | 12am - 1pm
Building Worker Power
Bob King, Former President, UAW; Visiting Researcher IRLE and Center for Latin American Studies


Special Event, March 5, 2015: "Reducing Inequality in a Sustainable World"

IRLE joins the Institute for Urban and Regional Development in hosting the following event:

ConferenceThursday, March 5, 2015 | 7:30am - 6:30pm
Reducing Inequality in a Sustainable World
David Brower Center 2150 Allston Way, in Downtown Berkeley



Recent Working papers

Working papers may be downloaded from:

The Effects of Youth Employment: Evidence from New York City Summer Youth Employment Program Lotteries PDF
Alexander Gelber
IRLE Working Paper No. 101-15
February 2015

The Effect of Extended Unemployment Insurance Benefits: Evidence from the 2012-2013 Phase-Out PDF
Henry S. Farber, Jesse Rothstein, and Robert G. Valletta
IRLE Working Paper No. 100-15
January 2015


IRLE Programs

The Labor Center

The Labor Center Welcomes Bob King, Visiting Researcher at IRLE and CLAS

We are pleased to welcome Bob King, former president of United Auto Workers, who is a visiting researcher this semester at the UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and the Center for Latin American Studies. During this time Bob will teach a class with Harley Shaiken, Professor of Education and Geography, and will speak at numerous classes and events organized by the Labor Center. Joining Bob for this stay is his wife, Moe Fitzsimons, and their children, Bernie and Will.

On Monday, March 9, 2015, Bob will present at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Lunchtime Seminar:

Building Worker Power
Monday, March 9, 2015
12:00 to 1:00 pm
2521 Channing Way, Berkeley

Buffet Lunch
R.S.V.P. Myra Armstrong,


TaskRabbit takes hold in Bay Area divided by income gap
February 19, 2015 | KALW radio

Aid to Needy Often Excludes the Poorest in America
February 16, 2015 | New York Times

Covered California hoping for enrollment surge to meet goal
February 12, 2015 | San Jose Mercury News

Half of California Workers Are Heading for Retirement Struggles
February 10, 2015 | Capital & Main

How Immigration Changes, Proposal for Undocumented Could Affect Medi-Cal
February 9, 2015 | California Healthline

Marin clinics expand with rise in Medi-Cal patients
February 2, 2015 | North Bay Business Journal

How Minimum Wage Impacts Unemployment
January 30, 2015 | Investopedia

Left Behind by the Affordable Care Act
January 30, 2015 | California Health Report

Making a Living Wage in Fast Food in Denmark
January 29, 2015 | The Daily Meal

California Public Employee Relations

CPER Pocket GuidesJust published:

New edition of Pocket Guide to Public Sector Mediation in California. Mediation continues to be a successful method for resolving labor disputes for public sector employees in California. The guide discusses the various aspects of the mediation process as it applies to public agencies and employees throughout the state. Because the process differs among public employees depending on the governing statute, this guide outlines those differences and explains how the process typically works.

Useful for both the beginning practitioner and the seasoned professional, the guide covers the types of mediation, levels of involvement, and the importance of confidentiality. Included are the relevant statutory language of each act, important cases, selected references, and a glossary of terms.

In April, CPER will publish the fourth edition of Pocket Guide to Public Sector Arbitration: California, a thorough and convenient guide for anyone involved in arbitration or factfinding. The guide provides practical information on the process and highlights significant legal issues.

CPER sends an announcement when each new title or edition is published. To be put on the list, please send your email address to

Recently published:

Pocket Guide to Dismissal Procedures Affecting Permanent, Certificated Employees
    (1st edition, 2015)
Pocket Guide to the Basics of Labor Relations (4th edition, 2014)
Pocket Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act (3rd edition, 2014)  
Pocket Guide to the Firefighters’ Procedural Bill of Rights Act (3rd edition, 2014)

All Pocket Guides are described and can be ordered at

Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

CSCCE Web Traffic Spikes:  November 18, 2014 – February 23, 2015

CSCCE Home Page 7,035
Building a Skilled Teacher Workforce: Shared and Divergent Challenges in Early Care and Education and in Grades K-12 2,045
Early Childhood Educator Competencies A Literature Review of Current Best Practices, And a Public Input Process on Next Steps for California 5,156
Preparing Teachers of Young Children: The Current State of Knowledge, and a Blueprint for the Future 5,866
Yes They Can: Supporting Bachelor Degree Attainment for Early Childhood Practitioners 69
Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Early Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study 13,404


HuffPost Live - "Can Obama Address The Mess Of American Child Care?"
CSCCE Director Marcy Whitebook answers "What does the American child care system look like and what will it take to transform it?" posed by HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd in a 27 minute video.

The Nation: This Unnoticed Part of Obama's Childcare Initiative Is a Big Deal
"Just as economic hardship limits the opportunities and ability of parents to provide care, so the same system poses unjust burdens on the women who do some of the hardest, most under-appreciated work of nurturing and education."

Read more media coverage »


Strengthening the math-related teaching practices of the early care and education workforce: Insights from experts by Sharon Ryan, Marcy Whitebook and Deborah Cassidy   

Published with support from the Heising-Simons Foundation, this policy report explores the perspectives of nationally recognized experts in the field of mathematics and early care and education about three main issues:

  1. The knowledge and competencies that practitioners need in order to teach mathematics to young children;
  2. Effective strategies for educating practitioners to support young children's mathematical development; and
  3. The challenges and successes that these experts have experienced in math-related ECE workforce development efforts


Watch Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages webinar sponsored by the Office of Child Care in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that discusses the status of the Early Childhood Workforce.

DREME Network Meeting - CSCCE Director, Marcy Whitebook, presented "Strengthening the Math Related Teaching Practices of the Early Care and Education Workforce" to the DREME Network at Stanford University.

First 5 California Pre-Summit/CSP Annual Meeting: 2015 Child Health, Education, and Care Summit - Specialist Lea J.E. Austin presented "California's Early Childhood Workforce" in Sacramento.


Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics

For a full listing on CWED activities and publications, please see the CWED website at http:/

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

IRLE Web traffic:  February Highlights

The IRLE Library now provides reports on Web traffic for IRLE content in each issue of IRLE eNews. The following figures are consistent with the steady growth in traffic that IRLE’s scholarly and policy-intensive Web content has been generating for the past several years.

February 2015

Total Hits             Total Pages Downloaded
1,536,617             217,302

Selected Files Receiving High Web Traffic:

"Modified Adjusted Gross Income under the Affordable Care Act, July 2014" 10,254
“Fast Food, Poverty Wages: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the Fast-Food Industry.”  9,111
“Agent-Based Modeling: History and Applications.” Center for Culture, Organizations and Politics Conference Paper. Conference Title:   Quantifying Social Fields, April 20-21, 2012.  5,223
Minimum Wage Effects Across State Borders: Estimates: Using Contiguous Counties, IRLE WP 157-07 3,046
Local Minimum Wage Laws: Impacts on Workers, Families and Businesses, IRLE WP 104-14 1,315

 (See also Center for the Study of Child Care Employment Web traffic for December 17, 2014 through
February 23, 2015

IRLE Library Moves Its Internet Guides to the LibGuides Web Platform

The Library’s popular series of guides to electronic resources have long been maintained by personal attention to the content by library staff, on a quarterly on semi-annual basis. Effective February 25, we have moved our Web Guides to LibGuides, a low-cost content management system for such guides. Most major research libraries (including UC Berkeley, Harvard and similar institutions) are now using this system, which automates much of the work involved in maintaining such guides.  The IRLE Library manages its own roster of guides on an account that is distinct from the University Library of the campus, primarily to have more effective control of the overall design of the guides.

Take a look via the Library home page:
--look in the right hand column for the heading “Subject Guides"

Call for New Topics for IRLE Library Subject Guides

We invite the IRLE community to send us topics for new library subject guides.  Please send ideas to Terry Huwe at

Data Storage Array:  Progress Report

The new high-capacity data storage array is ready for configuration and testing, and a launch date will be announced to the IRLE community during the spring term. Before then the IRLE Data Working Group will discuss the current status of the array via email and possibly by meeting prior to the announcement.

The new data storage array will provide multiple factors of additional storage space for IRLE data users, and will secure IRLE’s ability to support data-intensive research for the longer-term.


Campus News and Events

Center for Japanese Studies

March 31, 2015 | 4pm
180 Doe Library
‘The Sun Rises Again? Regaining the Industrial Competitiveness of Japan in a Science Based Economic Era: Japan's Competitive Strength Going Forward’, Kazuyuki Motohashi, The University of Tokyo

Center for Latin American Studies

March 11, 2015 | 4pm
370 Dwinelle Hall
‘Mexico’s Second Land Reform: Economic, Social, and Political Implications’, Alain de Janvry, UC Berkeley

March 31, 2015 | 4pm
CLAS Conference Room
2334 Bowditch Street
'The Bangladesh Accord: Lessons for Central American Garment Workers', Garrett Brown

Economics Department

Economics 211, Economic History Seminar
597 Evans Hall

April 20, 2015
“Cultural Assimilation in the Age of Mass Migration”, Leah Platt Boustan, UCLA

May 12, 2015
The Division of Labor and Economies of Scale in Late Nineteenth Century American Manufacturing: New Evidence”, Robert Margo, Boston University

Econ 222/PHDBA 279I-1 Economics of Innovation
330 Blum Hall

April 22, 2015
“Are the 'Best and Brightest' Going into Finance? Career Choice and Skill Development of MIT Students”, Pian Shu (Harvard Business School)

Economics 231, Public Finance Seminar
648 Evans Hall

April 5, 2015
"Children and the Gender Wage Gap: Evidence from the Breadwinner Notch", Camille Landais, London School of Economics

April 13, 2015
"Market Externalities of Large Unemployment Insurance Extension Programs",Josef Zweimüller, University of Zurich

Economics 251, Labor Economics Seminar
648 Evans Hall

April 13, 2015
“Market Externalities of Large Unemployment Insurance Extension Programs”, Josef Zweimuller, University of Zurich
Joint with the PF seminar
* Please note change in time/location due to joint event.

Economics 291, Department Seminar
648 Evans Hall

March 18, 2015
Stereotype threat. How it affects us and what we can do about it.”,
Claude Steele, UC Berkeley
Joint with Psych & Econ Seminar.
April 22, 2015
“Uncovering the Waste in U.S. Healthcare”, Jonathan Gruber, MIT
Joint with Industrial Organization Seminar and Public Finance Seminar

Development and Planning, Development Lunch Series
648 Evans Hall

April 7, 2015
"Performance Pay and Information: Reducing Child Undernutrition in India", Prakarsh Singh

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI)
ISSI Colloquia Speaker Series:
Anna Head Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste Street
4:pm - 5:30pm

March 10, 2015
‘Weapons of the (Not So) Weak: Immigrant Mass Mobilization in the U.S. South’, Chris Zepeda-Millán, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

March 14-15, 2015
‘Practical Qualitative Data Analysis in ATLAS.ti’
This workshop will provide both a conceptual background and practical experience in computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDA) using ATLAS.ti. The workshop begins by examining the core elements common to all CAQDA, regardless of methodological orientation, discipline/profession, or platform

 ‘The Bangladesh Accord: Lessons for Central American Garment Workers’, Garrett Brown, coordinator of the Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network