All Events
Past Event

Expanding employment opportunities

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A fundamental part of a successful economy is a thriving labor market where workers of all skill levels have the opportunity to prosper. On March 11, The Hamilton Project hosted a forum and released three new papers focusing on how the U.S. economy can be strengthened by expanding labor market opportunities.

United States Vice President Joe Biden delivered remarks.

There were two roundtable discussions focused on three new Hamilton Project papers proposing ways to develop labor market opportunities for all workers. The first panel discussed a new proposal by labor economist Morris Kleiner of the University of Minnesota, suggesting four major reforms to occupational licensing policies, with the aim of fostering 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.

The second panel discussed papers by Adriana Kugler of Georgetown University and Michael Barr of the University of Michigan that seek to strengthen unemployment insurance and increase the rates of minority entrepreneurship, respectively. The authors were joined by Chanelle Hardy of the National Urban League Washington Bureau, Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Glenn Hutchins, Co-Founder of Silver Lake, moderated the discussion.


1:00 PM Welcome and Introductions

Robert E. Rubin
Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations; Former U.S. Treasury Secretary


United States Vice President Joe Biden

Roundtable: Promoting Smarter Occupational Licensing Practices

Author: Morris Kleiner
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Discussant: Mike Monroe 
Chief of Staff, North America’s Building Trades Unions

Discussant: Barbara Kelley
Executive Director, Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies

Discussant: Justin Wolfers
Senior Fellow, The Peterson Institute for International Economics; Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Moderator: Melissa Kearney
Director, The Hamilton Project


Roundtable: Improving Employment Outcomes for the Unemployed and Increasing Entrepreneurship Among Women and Minorities

Author: Michael Barr
The Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

Author: Adriana Kugler
Vice-Provost for Faculty and Professor of Public Policy, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Discussant: Chanelle Hardy
Senior Vice President for Policy and Executive Director, National Urban League Washington Bureau

Discussant: Jared Bernstein
Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Moderator: Glenn Hutchins
Co-Founder, Silver Lake

4:00 PM Forum Adjourns