January/ February 2014 (No. 69)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Marcy Whitebook, Stefanie Kalmin, Janice Kimball, Jenifer MacGillvary, Katie Robertson, Myra Armstrong

In This Issue:

Especially Recommended:

IRLE Colloquium Series

Monday, February 10 | 12pm – 1pm
“Waiting for Change: Is It Time to Increase the $2.13 Subminimum Wage?”
Sylvia Allegretto, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, IRLE

Monday, February 24 | 12pm – 1pm
“Labor Standards and the Reorganization of Work: Gaps in Data and Research ”
Annette Bernhardt, Visiting Researcher, IRLE; Visiting Professor, Sociology

IRLE News and Events
IRLE Colloquium Series
Book Event: When Mandates Work
Recent Working Papers

IRLE Programs
The Labor Center
California Public Employee Relations
California Studies Association
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

Campus News and Events
UC Berkeley Events


IRLE News and Events

IRLE Colloquium Series

All events are held in the Large Conference Room at 2521 Channing Way. A light lunch will be served.

To attend an event: Please RSVP to Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu
Note: additional events will be added as the Spring Colloquium Series is finalized.

Seth Holmes

Monday, January 27, 2013 | 12 PM – 1PM
Pooled Synthetic Control Estimates of Minimum Wage Effects
Ben Zipperer, Economics, University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

Abstract (co-authored with Arindrajit Dube)
We apply the synthetic control approach in a setting with multiple case studies and recurring treatments. Using minimum wage changes as an application, we propose a simple distribution-free method for pooling across cases using mean percentile ranks, which have desirable small sample properties. We invert the mean rank statistic in order to construct a confidence interval for the pooled estimate, and we test for the heterogeneity of the treatment effect using the distribution of estimated ranks. We also offer guidance on model selection and match quality—issues that are of practical concern in the synthetic control approach generally and when pooling across many cases. Using 19 cases of state minimum wage increases between 1998 and 2007, we do not find a statistically significant effect on teen employment, with the mean and the median elasticity close to zero. There is also no indication of heterogeneous treatment effects. Finally, we discuss some important practical challenges, including the ability to find close matches and the choice of predictors used for constructing a synthetic control.

Eric Verhoogen

Monday, February 10, 2013 | 12 PM – 1PM
Waiting for Change: Is It Time to Increase the $2.13 Subminimum Wage?
Sylvia Allegretto, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, IRLE


Neil Fligstein

Monday, February 24, 2013 Ι 12 PM – 1PM
Labor Standards and the Reorganization of Work: Gaps in Data and Research
Annette Bernhardt, Visiting Researcher, IRLE; Visiting Professor, Sociology


Neil Fligstein

Monday, March 3, 2013 Ι 12 PM – 1PM
The State of Unions in the European Union
Philippe Pochet, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)


Neil Fligstein

Friday, March 21, 2013 Ι 12 PM – 1PM
Richard Freeman, Professor, Economics, Harvard University, NBER, Director


Neil Fligstein

Monday, March 31, 2013 Ι 12 PM – 1PM
Eileen Appelbaum, Center for Economic Policy Research, Washington, D.C.


Neil Fligstein

Monday, April 21 , 2013 Ι 12 PM – 1PM
The Working Rich: Wages, Bonuses and Appropriation of Profit in the Financial Industry
Olivier Godechot, Max Planck Sciences(MaxPo), France


When Mandates WorkBook Event: When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 | 5pm – 6:30pm

On Wednesday, January 22, IRLE hosted a book party and lecture to celebrate the publication of When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level. The three editors of this volume, Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs and Miranda Dietz all made presentations that described the research that preceded the publication of the book and is ongoing.

Full Citation:
When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level. Edited by Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs and Miranda Dietz. Berkeley, University of California Press, 2014.  978-05202-7814-1. 344 pp. $34.95.

Description from UC Press:
Starting in the 1990s, San Francisco launched a series of bold but relatively unknown public policy experiments to improve wages and benefits for thousands of local workers. Since then, scholars have documented the effects of those policies on compensation, productivity, job creation, and health coverage. Opponents predicted a range of negative impacts, but the evidence tells a decidedly different tale. This book brings together that evidence for the first time, reviews it as a whole, and considers its lessons for local, state, and federal policymakers.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. When Do Mandates Work?
Ken Jacobs and Michael Reich

Chapter 2. Labor Market Impacts of San Francisco's Minimum Wage
Arindrajit Dube, Suresh Naidu, and Michael Reich

Chapter 3. Liftoff: Raising Wages at San Francisco Airport
Peter V. Hall, Ken Jacobs, and Michael Reich

Chapter 4. Living Wages and Home Care Workers
Candace Howes

Chapter 5. Health Spending Requirements in San Francisco
Carrie H. Colla, William H. Dow, and Arindrajit Dube

Chapter 6. Requiring Equal Benefi ts for Domestic Partners
Christy Mallory and Brad Sears

Chapter 7. Universal Paid Sick Leave
Vicky Lovell

Chapter 8. Enforcement of Labor Standards
Miranda Dietz, Donna Levitt, and Ellen Love

Chapter 9. Labor Policy and Local Economic Development
Miriam J. Wells

Chapter 10. Community Benefi t Agreements and Economic Development at Hunters Point Shipyard
Ken Jacobs

Chapter 11. Mandates: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects

Miranda Dietz, Ken Jacobs, and Michael Reich


Recent Working Papers

Working papers may be downloaded from the IRLE Web or the eScholarship Repository at the following addresses:

  • Annette Bernhardt
    “Standards and the Reorganization of Work: Gaps in Data and Research”
  •  Clair Brown, Timothy Sturgeon, and Connor Cole
    “The 2010 National Organizations Survey: Examining the Relationships Between Job Quality and the Domestic and International Sourcing of Business Functions by United States Organizations”
  • Sylvia A. Allegretto
    “Waiting for Change: Is it Time to Increase the $2.13 Subminimum Wage?”
  • Pedro H. G. F. Souza and Marcelo Medeiros
    “The Decline in Inequality In Brazil, 2003-2009: The Role Of The State”
  • Marcelo Medeiros and Pedro H. G. F. Souza
    “The State and income inequality in Brazil”
  • Aleksandra Parteka and Joanna Wolszczak-Derlacz
    “Integrated Sectors - Diversified Earnings: The (Missing) Impact of Offshoring on Wages and Wage Convergence in the EU27”


IRLE Program News

The Labor Center


Labor Center Recognized by California Speaker of the Assembly John A. Perez
View video of Speaker Perez at the inaugural ceremony of UC Berkeley Chancellor Dirks, where he gave powerful testimony on the value of working people and the commitment of California’s public university to provide accessible, affordable, high-quality education. Speaker Perez gave special recognition to the work of the UC Berkeley Labor Center in his remarks.

50th AnniversaryCelebrating 50: UC Berkeley Labor Center
A short video created for the UC Berkeley Labor Center’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on September 26, 2013, to honor our proud history and enduring commitment to the working people of California and beyond. Featuring Art Pulaski, Marty Morgenstern, Congressman George Miller, Jerry Brown, and Labor Center staff members and students.

California Legislative Hearing: Wage Levels in the Fast-Food Industry
Video highlights from the November 13, 2013, California Legislature joint hearing on the low wages paid by the fast-food industry. Lawmakers heard impassioned testimony from academics, advocates for the working poor, and from the fast-food workers themselves. The hearing was called after the release of the UC Berkeley Labor Center report, "Fast Food, Poverty Wages: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the Fast-Food Industry."

New Book

When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level, edited by Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs, and Miranda Dietz, has been released and is available for purchase! The book collects the evidence on the series of public policy experiments in San Francisco over the last decade to improve wages and benefits for local workers. Opponents predicted a range of negative impacts, but the evidence tells a decidedly different tale. This book brings together that evidence for the first time, reviews it as a whole, and considers its lessons for local, state, and federal policymakers. Learn more about the book.

Press coverage:
San Francisco's Higher Minimum Wage Hasn't Hurt the Economy, Businessweek, January 22, 2014
EXCERPT: Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level, Huffington Post, January 23, 2014

Recent Publications

Under the “Forty Hours is Full Time Act” More Americans Would Lose Job-Based Health Coverage and Work Hours, While Federal Costs Would Increase
By Ken Jacobs and Dave Graham-Squire
December 2013
The Affordable Care Act requires larger employers to provide health coverage to employees working 30 hours a week or more, or pay a penalty. The proposed " Forty Hours is Full Time Act” would raise the threshold to 40 hours a week. This brief finds that if passed the act would result in reductions in work hours for significant numbers of American workers, fewer workers obtaining job-based coverage, and an increase in the federal deficit of more than $140 billion over a ten-year budget window.

Op ed by Ken Jacobs in The Hill, January 10, 2014: “Forty Hours is Full-Time” Plan Would Only Make the Problem Worse

December 2013 Black Worker Report
By Steven Pitts
January 10, 2014

The unemployment rate for Blacks was 11.9 percent last month. This is according to the latest report on the nation’s employment situation released Friday morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its monthly Employment Situation report. This rate was a decrease from November, when unemployment in the Black community was 12.4 percent. For the nation as a whole, unemployment was 6.7 percent in the month of December; this was a decrease from November when the national unemployment rate stood at 7.0 percent. Among whites, unemployment was 5.9 percent; among Latinos, unemployment was 8.3 percent. Comparable November 2013 figures were 6.1 percent and 8.7 percent respectively. Overall, total non-farm payroll employment increased by 74,000 jobs from last month.


Press Highlights: Our October report on fast-food workers continued to garner significant media attention, as did our research on bank tellers’ use of public assistance. Our resident “Obamacare Expert” Laurel Lucia was called upon to answer press and consumer questions on the law and the Covered California exchange. Food Labor Research Center director Saru Jayaraman was profiled in the San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times Economix blog cited Labor Center research.

Activist at Vanguard of Restaurant Workers' Rights
San Francisco Chronicle, January 11, 2014
“Forty Hours is Full-Time” Plan Would Only Make the Problem Worse
The Hill, January 10, 2014
Answering Questions About Estate Plans, Insurance
San Francisco Chronicle, January 8, 2014
One-Third of Bank Tellers Are on Public Assistance
The Street, January 8, 2014
How NYC's New Mayor is Hamstrung on Wage Inequality
CNN Money, January 3, 2014
Today on Your Call: What are the successes and failures of the Affordable Care Act so far?
KALW's Your Call, January 2, 2014
Ethical Dining Out
The Joy Cardin Show, Wisconsin Public Radio, December 31, 2013
IRS Could Face Blame for Obamacare’s Unexpected Tax Bite
Politico, December 28, 2013
McDonald's on employee resources site: Not lovin' it
CNN, December 26, 2013
New hardship exemption under Affordable Care Act
San Francisco Chronicle, December 20, 2013
The Minimum Wage and McDonald's Welfare
Bloomberg, December 17, 2013
Answers about property taxes, Covered California
San Francisco Chronicle, December 16, 2013
Poll: Bay Area residents support ban on public transit strikes
San Jose Mercury News, December 13, 2013
Raising the Minimum Wage: Old Shibboleths, New Evidence
New York Times, Economix, December 13, 2013
How big banks scam their own employees, too
Salon, December 10, 2013
Is service work today worse than being a household servant?
Al Jazeera America, December 10, 2013
Fox Piles On Big Business' Attempt To Smear Fast Food Protesters As "Rent-A-Mobs"
Media Matters for America, December 10, 2013
James Carville: 1/3 of bank tellers are on public assistance
Tampa Bay Times PunditFact, December 8, 2013
Employees Push for Living Wage
KQED Newsroom, December 6, 2013
Editorial: Work and Rewards
New York Times, December 6, 2013
Large number of low-wage workers rely on public assistance programs
89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio, Airtalk, December 5, 2013
NPR's Robert Siegel Needs a Reality Check
Huffington Post, December 5, 2013
One-third of bank tellers rely on public assistance
CBS Money Watch, December 5, 2013
These Bank Employees Get Paid So Little That They Need Public Assistance
Think Progress, December 5, 2013
More Welfare for Wall Street: One in Three Bank Tellers Need Public Assistance
Moyers & Company, December 4, 2013
A Third of Bank Tellers Rely on Government Assistance, Study Says
Bloomberg Businessweek, December 4, 2013
$15 Wage in Fast Food Stirs Debate on Effects
New York Times, December 4, 2013
Big Banks Don't Pay A Third Of Tellers Enough To Live On: Study
Huffington Post, December 4, 2013
Low-wage tellers need taxpayer millions to get by
CNBC, December 4, 2013
Do Bank Employees' Low Wages Cost The Public?
NPR All Things Considered, December 4, 2013 
Fast food and bank teller salaries come at steep price for taxpayers
Al Jazeera America (blog), December 4, 2013
Low bank wages costing the public millions, report says
Washington Post, December 3, 2013
Reality Check: Obamacare Promise Kept?
NBC Bay Area, December 3, 2013
Want to Cut Food Stamp Spending? Raise the Minimum Wage
Huffington Post, December 3, 2013
Life on $7.25 an Hour: Older Workers Are Increasingly Entering Fast-Food Industry
The New York Times, November 28, 2013
Obamacare News: Bare-Bones Options for Those 30 and Younger
Orange County Register, November 28, 2013
Tracking Outsourcing’s Negative Impact on Wages
Bloomberg Businessweek, November 27, 2013
American Airports: Hotbeds of Worker Wage Victories
CNN Money, November 27, 2013
Hundreds of Protests Planned to Mark Black Friday
Al Jazeera America, November 27, 2013
The Truth About California's Pension Slashers
Huffington Post, November 26, 2013
New York Airport Workers Organize to End Two-Tier Wage System
The Nation, November 26, 2013
As $15 Minimum Wage Passes in SeaTac, Labor Looks to Seattle
KUOW.org, November 26, 2013
Health Law May Offer Part-Time Workers Better Options
Kaiser Health News, November 26, 2013
Eligible Adult Child Not Tied to Parent’s Coverage
San Francisco Chronicle, November 25, 2013
Confused by California's Health Insurance Exchange? Here is Help
Los Angeles Times, November 24, 2013
Discussion on Covered California
KPFA Upfront, November 22, 2013
California a Bright Spot in Obamacare Sign-Ups
Los Angeles Times, November 22, 2013
BART Board Approves Contracts, Rejects Family Leave
NBC Bay Area, November 21, 2013
Walmart Employees Organize Food Drive... for Other Walmart Employees
Yahoo Finance, November 18, 2013
How to Sort Through New Health Plans
Los Angeles Times, November 17, 2013
Minimum Wage Momentum — at the Airport
Labor Notes, November 15, 2013
What Really Happens to Your Tip?
The Washington Spectator, November 14, 2013
Health Reform 101: What Counts as Income for Insurance Enrollment?
WebMD, November 14, 2013
Fraction of Residents Enrolled in Covered California
KTVU, November 14, 2013
Fast Food Industry: Impact on Taxpayers
KIEM – NBC Eureka, November 13, 2013
California Legislature Holds Joint Fast Food Wages Hearing
KRCB – North Bay Public Media, November 13, 2013
Taxpayers Pay High Cost for Low Fast-Food Wages, Lawmakers are Told
Los Angeles Times, November 13, 2013
Report: Fast Food Bad for California Taxpayers
KCRA Sacramento, November 13, 2013
California Legislature Holds Joint Fast Food Wages Hearing
Capital Public Radio, November 13, 2013
Legislators Probe Taxpayer Cost of Aiding Fast-Food Workers
San Francisco Chronicle, November 13, 2013
Viewpoints: When fast food corporations hold down wages, it affects all of us
Op-ed by Ken Jacobs, Sacramento Bee, November 13, 2013
Many Fast Food Workers Rely on Public Assistance Because of Low Wages
KTTV – Fox Los Angeles, November 13, 2013
Fast Food Industry's Impact on Taxpayers
Fox 40 – Sacramento, November 13, 2013
Lowering the Minimum Wage? What a Terrible Idea
The Guardian, November 12, 2013
2 Investigates Covered California’s Cost
KTVU, November 12, 2013
Opinion: Newark Airport Workers Straddle Poverty Line
The Star-Ledger – NJ.com (blog), November 8, 2013
Illinois Pension Debate Overlooks Role of Public-Sector Jobs in Sustaining the Middle Class
Chicago Now (blog), November 7, 2013
Editorial: Fast-Food Subsidy Unsavory
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 7, 2013
Lost in Translation
East Bay Express, November 6, 2013
The Infinite Bewilderment of Signing Up for Obamacare Subsidies
The Atlantic, November 5, 2013
UC Berkeley Report Raises Alarm About Falling Wages, Outsourcing At U.S. Airports
AviationPros.com, November 4, 2013
How Airline Companies Outsource Jobs And Drive Down Wages
Think Progress, November 4, 2013
One NYC Family’s Struggle to Survive on a Fast Food Salary
PBS NewsHour, November 4, 2013
Low Wages Force More Than Half Of Fast Food Workers To Rely On Government Assistance
Business Insider, November 3, 2013
The Real Cost of Fast Food
Center for Economic and Policy Research blog, October 31, 2013
Rush Limbaugh’s Errant Attack on Grandfathered Union Health Plans
Tampa Bay Times Pundit Fact, October 30, 2013
Editorial: Taxpayers' $7 billion Subsidy to Fast-Food Profits Should End
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 30, 2013
Retailer Sandblasting Bans Have Changed Little in the Garment Industry
San Jose Mercury News, October 28, 2013
Defining Line Between Medi-Cal, Exchange Policy
San Francisco Chronicle, October 28, 2013
Bill Maher: Average fast food worker is 29, most are on public assistance
Tampa Bay Times PunditFact, October 25, 2013


California Public Employee Relations

CPER Pocket GuidesIn February, CPER will publish the following new edition:

Pocket Guide to Workers’ Compensation in California: Public and Private Sectors (2nd edition, 2014) by Juliann Sum, updated by John Holstedt and Eric Ledger. 
Reflecting the major changes to the law in 2013, this edition provides an overview of workers' compensation law and procedure, a brief history of the law, and a summary of citations to applicable statutes, regulations, and precedent cases.

And, as public school layoff season approaches, CPER has updated all titles in our layoff guide series:

Pocket Guide to Layoff Rules Affecting Certificated Employees (February 2014), by Dale Brodsky. 
Important information for certificated employees and their employers who are facing or contemplating layoffs. Chapters cover permissive grounds for layoff; employees subject to layoff procedures; timing and process; selections for layoff; preferred right of reemployment; status during layoff; return to work after layoff; and dismissal and non-reelection during layoff.  Also included are pertinent Education Code citations.

Pocket Guide to Layoff Rules Affecting Classified Employees (February 2014), by Carol Vendrillo.
For classified employees and public school employers, this guide covers legitimate reasons for layoff; notice requirements; collective bargaining rights; seniority; computing and exercising seniority; reemployment rights; and options in lieu of layoff. Also included are pertinent Education Code citations.

Pocket Guide to Layoff Rules Affecting Community College Faculty (February 2014), by Carmen Plaza de Jennings and Jayne Benz Chipman.
A straightforward, concise, and practical review of the complex statutory requirements that govern faculty layoffs. The guide includes a quick-reference to all relevant Education Code sections regarding the layoff process and clearly explains: permitted grounds for initiating a layoff of faculty for decline in average daily attendance (ADA), or reduction or discontinuation of a particular kind of service (PKS); the administrative hearing process that precedes faculty layoffs; and reinstatement rights and obligations for both districts and faculty.

All guides in the Pocket Guide series are described and can be ordered at http://cper.berkeley.edu.


California Studies Association

24th Annual California Studies Conference

Please join the California Studies Association at the University of San Francisco on Saturday April 26, 2014 for its annual conference California on Fire: Climate Chaos, Inequality, Urban Transformation.

The day will be packed with interdisciplinary inquiry into the theme of fire in literal and metaphorical terms, via critical and literary presentations exploring the volatility of California. There will also be a short film festival and an original poster/ map display. Schedule TBA.

Please see the call for submissions of posters, maps and films below.

Call for Graphic Submissions

The California Studies Association is looking for large format visual images (such as graphic posters and maps) to display at its annual conference to be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the University of San Francisco.

The theme is "California on Fire: Climate Chaos, Inequality, Urban Transformation" in all its aspects— politics, economics, and nature. Illustrators, cartographers, and artists are encouraged to send imagery that explores the historical or contemporary volatility of California.

FORMAT: The display size will be 18"x24". Please submit pdf or jpeg formatted files with at least 300 dpi at the display size. CSA will produce high-quality digital prints from supplied files. Original prints submitted should not exceed the display size without prior arrangement.


Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

Marcy Whitebook, Director and Senior Researcher at the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, recently had two articles published on the status and plight of early childhood teachers. 

In Rights, Raises, and Respect for Early Childhood Teachers: A Four-Decade Perspective which appeared in the July/August edition of Exchange Magazine, Dr. Whitebook and co-author Rory Darrah, both of whom began their careers as teachers, reflect on the work of achieving rights, raises, and respect for early educators, which has been the organizing principle of their work lives for more than 40 years.

In Preschool Teaching at a Crossroads, published in the July issue of the Upjohn Institute's Employment Research newsletter, Dr. Whitebook discussed the policy struggles of seeking better pay and status for the early childhood workforce, and the continued consequences for maintaining the status quo.

Visit our website for research, reports, and recommendations related to the early childhood workforce.


Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy

Contract: Strategic Planning on Workforce for the Investor-Owned Utilities 
The Don Vial Center continues its work as the lead consultant on workforce education and training for the state Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs). The contract began in June 2013 and will conclude in by April 2014. The project team, led by Carol Zabin, also includes the Career Ladders Project and Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors, among others. Now entering the final phase of the project, the team has developed some draft recommendations for stakeholder feedback. The recommendations address job quality standards for the IOUs' investments in energy efficiency programs in California, policies to promote good career pathways for disadvantaged workers through these investments, and alignment of the IOUs' workforce training funds with the state's existing workforce development assets.

Support for Emerald Cities Collaborative 
The Don Vial Center is assisting the Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) in implementing a high-road energy efficiency retrofit initiative in LA County. ECC is leading implementation of the Los Angeles County Office of Sustainability's program to retrofit LA County Buildings to zero net standards, and to scale this work throughout southern California via the ratepayer-funded Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN). ECC has organized pre-qualification training for local contractors, and is developing a working partnership with labor, community, and business sectors to discuss how to carry out this program most effectively. The Don Vial Center is providing technical assistance and will be completing a case study on the initiative.

Proposition 39 Implementation
Proposition 39 directs up to $550 million per year for five years from the state General Fund to the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund. The 2013-14 Budget Act allocated $381 million to California’s K-12 public schools and $47 million to community colleges for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. It also provided $3 million to the California Workforce Investment Board for workforce training grants in energy efficiency and clean energy. The Labor Center green jobs team is working with the state Labor Agency and the California Energy Commission to provide research and technical assistance to implement the jobs and workforce development aspects of the program, particularly the jobs and workforce reporting requirements for Proposition 39-funded projects.

CA WorkforceState Workforce Investment Board and Green Collar Jobs Council
Carol Zabin, Green Collar Jobs Council (GCJC) chair and California Workforce Investment Board appointee, led the GCJC’s work to develop a framework for the jobs and workforce development program elements that should be implemented for state investments in energy efficiency, clean energy and carbon reduction. The GCJC recommends that state agencies and decision makers adopt and implement these program elements to support successful implementation of state programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure the best possible jobs and workforce development outcomes from these public investments.


Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

The Library is the Site for a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC)

On Thursday, February 6th, the IRLE Library will be the site where four faculty members will teach modules of a “Massively Open Online Course” (MOOC). The interviewees are Emmanuel Saez, David Harding, Arlie Hochschild and Ann Stevens (UC Davis).  The course is a project of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and will viewable by anyone with Web access when it is completed. The Library will be closed to the public on February 6th.

Collection Highlight:  The East Bay Labor Journal

The Library has a complete run of the East Bay Labor Journal, which was donated by the Alameda Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. This newspaper provides a historical account of Bay Area labor history and is not available digitally. It has been used by a number of scholars in pursuit of local news, with projects ranging from the early organizing strategies of nurses to labor unrest during and after the second world war. It is shelved in the main stack area on the first floor of the Library.

IRLE LibraryBibliographic Milestone:  Library Book and Web Citations in Industrial Relations Top the 5,000 mark

In 1993, the Library started listing recent publications it has acquired along with brief reviews of Internet revources in Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society. At the end of 2013, book entries in this popular column exceeded 5,000, while select Internet reviews surpassed 3,500.  New authors often request to be added to the column, and the books and online resources cited are indexed in a number of databases including the Wiley Online Library. We are pleased to continue this useful service due to popular demand.



Economics Department

Economics 218, Psychology and Economics Seminar
648 Evans Hall

February 18, 2014
"The Daily Grind: Cash Needs, Labor Supply and Self-Control", Pascaline Dupas, Stanford University

Economics 237, Macro Economics Workshop
597 Evans Hall

February 11, 2014
"Unemployment and Business Cycles", Lawrence Christiano, Northwestern University

Economics 251, Labor Economics Seminar
648 Evans Hall

February 10, 2014 (Monday, Joint with Public Finance)
"Are State Governments Roadblocks to Federal Stimulus? Evidence from Highway Grants in the 2009 Recovery Act", Daniel Wilson, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Economics 271, Planning and Development Seminar
648 Evans Hall

February 14, 2014 (Tuesday)
"Payments Infrastructure and the Performance of Public Programs", Paul Niehaus, UC San Diego

Economics 281, International Trade and Finance Seminar
597 Evans Hall

February 4, 2014
"Refugees and Early Childhood Human Capital", Todd Schoellman, W.P. Carey School of Business Arizona State University

February 11, 2014
"Unemployment and Business Cycles", Lawrence Christiano, Northwestern University

Agricultural & Resource Economics
Environment and Resource Economics Seminar
201 Giannini Hall
February 12, 2014
“From caring to work: The labor market e!ects of non-contributory health insurance“,Alejandro del Valle Suarez, Paris School of Economics

East Bay Workers' Rights Disability Law Clinic Workshop
January 14 – April 8, 2014
every Tuesday with exceptions
5:30 p.m.
Ed Roberts Campus
3075 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703
Sponsors: Graduate Assembly, BHSA

Event Contact: zachalans@berkeley.edu