Past Event

What’s the Matter with Wages? Exploring Wage Stagnation and the American Worker

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Employment & Wages

Since the 1970s, the typical U.S. worker has experienced either a minimal or nonexistent increase in wages. What can and should be done to promote the economic growth that will lead to higher earnings for more American workers? How do we ensure that these gains are broadly shared, resulting in robust wage growth for as many workers as possible?

On September 26, The Hamilton Project at Brookings hosted a forum on wage growth in The United States. The forum began with introductory remarks by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, and a fireside chat with Jason Furman, professor of practice, Harvard Kennedy School, and Lawrence Mishel, president, Economic Policy Institute. The fireside chat was moderated by Catherine Rampell, opinion writer, The Washington Post. A panel discussion will follow the fireside chat, featuring panelists including: Jared Bernstein, senior fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Robert Greenstein, founder and president, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; and Heidi Shierholz; senior economist and director of policy, Economic Policy Institute; the panel was moderated by Jay Shambaugh, director, The Hamilton Project.

In conjunction with this event, The Hamilton Project released a new framing paper exploring wage trends and the economic forces that underlie them.


1:30 PM Registration Opens

2:00 PM Welcome and Introductions

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

2:10 PM Fireside Chat on Wage Stagnation: How Did We Get Here?

Jason Furman   
Professor of Practice
Harvard Kennedy School

Lawrence Mishel 
Economic Policy Institute

Moderator: Catherine Rampell
Opinion Writer
The Washington Post

3:00 PM Presentation of Hamilton Project Research

Jay Shambaugh
Director, The Hamilton Project
Senior Fellow, Economics Studies, The Brookings Institution

3:10 PM Roundtable on Wage Stagnation: How Should We Address It?

Jared Bernstein
Senior Fellow
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Robert Greenstein    
Founder and President
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Heidi Shierholz
Senior Economist and Director of Policy
Economic Policy Institute

Moderator: Jay Shambaugh
Director, The Hamilton Project
Senior Fellow, Economics Studies, The Brookings Institution

4:00 PM Forum Adjourns

Event Forum

The Rockefeller-Peterson Room
1777 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA


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