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The future of American jobs, part II

Friday, December 03, 2010

With more than 15 million Americans still unemployed, job creation remains the central economic issue facing U.S. policymakers. Beyond these near-term cyclical challenges, however, lie deeper structural issues in the labor market that have been developing over the last three decades and were reaching urgent levels even before the Great Recession. As the economy begins to recover, policymakers must also turn their attention to the long-term goal of remaining economically competitive in a rapidly changing global economy.

The Hamilton Project and the Center for American Progress hosted the second of two conferences addressing the long-term challenges of creating quality jobs in the United States and preparing American workers for those jobs of the future. As part of the event, The Hamilton Project and the Center for American Progress released three targeted policy proposals by outside scholars to deal with the long-term challenges associated with the new global economy.



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

Opening Remarks

Sarah Rosen Wartell
Executive Vice President, Center for American Progress

Roundtable: Proposals for Improving Skills and Creating Jobs

Alan J. Auerbach
University of California, Berkeley

David Autor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cheryl Hyman
Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago

Bridget Terry Long
Harvard University

Peter R. Orszag
Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Council on Foreign Relations

Laura D’Andrea Tyson
S.K. and Angela Chan Professor of Global Management
Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Moderator: Michael Greenstone
Director, The Hamilton Project

A Conversation About the Future of American Jobs

Richard Gephardt
President and Chief Executive Officer, Gephardt Group Government Affairs

Penny Pritzker
Chairman of the Board, TransUnion and Pritzker Realty Group

Secretary Hilda Solis
U.S. Department of Labor

Michael Spence
Nobel Laureate
Professor Emeritus in Economics, Stanford University

Moderator: John Podesta
President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress