Washington, DC – A fundamental part of a successful economy is a thriving labor market where workers of all skill levels have the opportunity to prosper. On Wednesday, The Hamilton Project at Brookings convened academic experts and stakeholders for a forum at the National Press Club on expanding employment opportunities. United States Vice President Joe Biden delivered remarks at the forum. Following Vice President Biden’s remarks, three new Hamilton Project papers – proposing ways to develop labor market opportunities for workers – were explored during two roundtable discussions. In conjunction with the forum, The Hamilton Project released a new framing memo highlighting the challenges and opportunities of job growth.
Opening remarks were delivered by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin.
The first panel discussed a recent Hamilton Project discussion paper by labor economist Morris Kleiner of the University of Minnesota. Kleiner’s proposal suggests four major reforms to occupational licensing policies which aim to foster greater opportunities for job growth, economic prosperity, and lower costs for consumers. Kleiner was joined by Mike Monroe of the North America’s Building Trades Union, Barbara Kelley of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, and Justin Wolfers of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Melissa Kearney, Director of the Hamilton Project, moderated the discussion.
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The second panel discussed papers by Adriana Kugler of Georgetown University and Michael Barr of the University of Michigan that seek to and increase the rates of minority entrepreneurship, respectively. The authors were joined by Chanelle Hardy of the National Urban League Washington Bureau and Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Glenn Hutchins, of Silver Lake, moderated the discussion.
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