Founded in 1964, the Labor Center conducts research and education on issues related to labor and employment. Research areas include jobs in the emergent green economy, retirement security, low-wage employment, immigrant workers’ rights, and the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on California working families. The Center’s curricula and leadership trainings serve to educate a diverse new generation of labor leaders.
A joint project of UC Berkeley and UC Los Angeles, the California Policy Lab (CPL) partners with California’s state and local governments to evaluate and improve public programs through cutting-edge empirical research and technical assistance. CPL creates data-driven insights aimed at tackling California’s most urgent problems, including homelessness, poverty, crime, and education inequality.
Established in 1999, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) is focused on achieving comprehensive public investments that enable the early childhood workforce to deliver high-quality care and education for all children. To achieve this goal, CSCCE conducts research and policy analysis about the characteristics of those who care for and educate young children and examines policy solutions aimed at improving how our nation prepares, supports, and rewards these early educators to ensure young children’s optimal development.
The Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics (CWED) was established in 2007 to focus on wage and employment trends in contemporary labor markets. CWED is nationally recognized for its trailblazing research on the impact of minimum and subminimum wage policies, as well as the effects of the Great Recession, public sector workers, low-wage labor markets, and teacher pay.
California Public Employee Relations (CPER) is the leading program on California public sector labor and employment relations. CPER covers recent developments and laws relating to employment in local government, public schools, higher education, and state government through its pocket guides.
Affiliated Centers & Programs
A joint project of UC Berkeley and UCSF, The Shift Project studies workplace scheduling practices at the nation’s largest retail and food service firms. Shift researchers assess the consequences of precarious employment for worker and family health and wellbeing.
Launched in 2019, the People Lab designs and evaluates strategies to better recruit, retain, and motivate public servants. Combining insights from behavioral science with evidence from public management and public policy, researchers work with government partners to test workforce improvements.
The Opportunity Lab (O-Lab) is a network of Berkeley faculty generating cutting-edge research addressing the following six areas: climate and environment, crime and criminal justice policy, education and child development policy, health, social safety net and employment, and taxation and inequality.
Economics for Inclusive Prosperity (EfIP) is a network of academic economists committed to an inclusive economy and society. EfIP generates and publishes policy ideas for addressing growing inequality, drawing from different domains of economics to provide a genuine alternative to the neoliberal status quo.
Members of the California Studies Association conduct interdisciplinary research on the past and present of the State of California by a distinguished group of faculty and staff on the Berkeley and Davis campuses. the CSA hosts a series of dinners at IRLE during the academic year; see their blog for a schedule of events.
The Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop meets during the academic year to share in-progress work and research on migration/immigration. The workshop is affiliated with the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative and open to graduate students, undergraduates completing a senior thesis, post-docs, faculty and visiting researchers.
Focuses on how new social spaces emerge, form, and are transformed. The Center supports an ongoing workshop where work in progress is presented and discussed.
Blended academic with high-level management perspectives concerning problems of organization and human resources management.
IRLE Director Emeritus Clair Brown chairs WTS, and conducts extensive field work in the U.S. and Pacific Rim.
Policy research, public service, and community education in workers’ compensation, with projects focusing in particular on the return-to-work process and legal services for injured workers.