PERC Hosts Future of Work Conference

Oct 04, 2019
Summary: The Mays Innovation Research Center and the Private Enterprise Research Center held a conference on the Future of Work on September 27, 2019. The all-day conference featured sessions on manufacturing and automation, new markets, and changes in employment.

The keynote presentation was given by Dr. Edward Lazear, labor economist and a founder of the field of personnel economics. Dr. Lazear served as Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, is the founding Editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and an NBER Research Associate. Winner of the Melamed Book Prize and the IZA Prize in Labor Economics, he was recently awarded the Jacob Mincer Prize for lifetime contributions to the field. Dr. Lazear presented on the future of productivity and wages.

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John Horton from the MIT Sloan School of Management and Christopher Stanton from Harvard University presented on Digital Markets and Global Talent Flows, which discussed how digital labor markets have the potential to connect service markets without the need for employee relocation. 

Susan Houseman from the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research discussed The Decline in Manufacturing Employment and its Implications.

Lastly, Paul Oyer from Stanford University shared his research on Pricing Efficiently in Designed Markets: Evidence from Ridesharing and discussed how the current structure of companies like Uber and Lyft affect traditional rate fares.

A panel discussion and Q&A session closed the conference agenda.

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We thank all of our presenters for sharing their insights and research and look forward to the next Future of Work Conference event.