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March 10 Discussion: U.S. Gender Wage Gap

“The U.S. Gender Wage Gap: Patterns, Policy and the Pandemic’s Impact,” a March 10 eCornell Keynotes webinar, will feature two of the nation’s leading labor economists, an economics reporter for “The New York Times” and the ILR School’s dean. 

In 2020, women full-time workers earned only 82 percent of what men earned. Why does the U.S. gender wage gap persist? What impact is it having, especially in these turbulent times, for the future of work, women and families? The panelists will address those questions by explaining what the labor market data is telling us and implications for policymaking.

Register here for the event and submit your questions as the conversation unfolds. 

Speakers are Francine D. Blau ’66, the Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations at the ILR School and a professor of economics at Cornell; Cornell ILR School Senior Economics Adviser Erica Groshen, Eduardo Porter of “The New York Times” and Alexander Colvin, Ph.D., ’99, ILR’s Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean and the Martin F. Scheinman ’75, M.S. ’76, Professor of Conflict Resolution.

Porter, a Times editorial board from 2007 to 2012 and the Economic Scene columnist from 2012 to 2018, is the author of two books, “American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise” and “The Price of Everything: Finding Method in the Madness of What Things Cost.”

He began his career in journalism as a financial reporter for Notimex, a Mexican news agency, in Mexico City. He was deployed as a correspondent to Tokyo and London, and in 1996 he moved to São Paulo, Brazil, as editor of América Economía, a business magazine.

Blau, a distinguished fellow of the American Economics Association, has written extensively on gender issues, wage inequality, immigration and international comparisons of labor market outcomes. 

She received the IZA Prize for outstanding achievement in labor economics in 2010; she was the first woman to receive the award. In 2017, she received the Jacob Mincer Award from the Society of Labor Economists in recognition of contributions to the field of labor economics. 

Groshen served from 2013 to 2017 as the 14th commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions and inflation. 

Before that, she was vice president in the Research and Statistics Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her research has centered on jobless recoveries, wage rigidity and dispersion, and the role of employers in labor market outcomes.

Colvin is a labor relations expert whose research and teaching focuses on employment dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on procedures in non-union workplaces and the impact of the legal environment on organizations. 

His current research projects include empirical investigations of employment arbitration and cross-national analysis of labor law and dispute resolution. Colvin is the co-author of “An Introduction to U.S. Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations” (with T. Kochan and H. Katz) and of “Arbitration Law “( with K. Stone and R. Bales).


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