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The 2018 LERA@ASSA Program Committee brings you 18 sessions on leading topics addressing "Robust Labor Markets and Employment Relations: Policy and Research", including a plenary session and welcome reception on the opening night, which you are invited to attend. Registration and hotel accommodations will be addressed online at the ASSA/AEA website, registration and housing open on Sep. 12 at, and the earlybird registration deadline is Dec. 3, 2017. The registration ID is required to book a room or a suite.The most up-to-date information about registration and housing can always be found at the ASSA/AEA Annual Meeting Webpage, which you can find here: The ASSA/AEA handles all logistics for this conference. If needed, please contact them here.

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3 Basic steps to attend conference

1. Register -
Regular early bird registration is $65 before December 3, and be sure to mark "member" on your registration form.  After December 3 the registration rate increases.  Note: you must register before you will be able to take advantage of the deeply discounted hotel room rates. LERA sessions will be held at (to be determined). You can pick up your meeting registration materials at the ASSA/AEA registration desk in the (hotel to be determined).
In the past, when you registered for the ASSA meeting, you created an account in the registration system. Please do not create a new account this year. Instead, log back into your existing account to register for any of this year's meetings. To prepare ahead of time, if you have forgotten your username and/or password, use the Forgot your password option. (Please note that the conference system is separate from the AEA membership system. It is possible that you used the same credentials for both, but they could be different.) All new users simply visit their website and create a username and password for the first time.
(General information about the meeting can be found at
2. Reserve your hotel room (if needed) -

As soon as you register, you will receive an email from that will contain a 5-digit housing code. Once you receive this code, proceed to the housing form listed here and reserve your room ( The LERA hotel is the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, . Please note that only a few LERA sessions will be at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown; most LERA sessions will take place at the nearby Convention Center.

  • Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is the LERA headquarters hotel.

  • Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and Loews Philadelphia are the two ASSA co-headquarters hotels.

PLEASE NOTE: The LERA Hotel is also the ASSA Headquarters hotel -- and it will sell out VERY quickly, usually within the first or second day they open registration. (13,000 people will all want to stay there, but of course they can only accommodate a fraction of that). If you want to be certain to stay at the LERA hotel, then you will need to register and obtain your hotel room reservation on the very first day they open their registration in September. LERA will send an email to our entire membership when they open registration to remind you.

3. Please review program and get more information - You can find information about the LERA sessions online (here).

Thank you to our sponsors!

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Labor and Employment Relations
  • Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations
  • Economic Policy Institute
  • MIT Institute for Work and Employment Relations
  • Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations
  • UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
  • W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Event Summary -

Friday, January 5, 2018

8:00 am - 4:30 pm: Concurrent Sessions (Pennsylvania Convention Center, 202-A and 202-B)

12:30 - 2:15 pm (MPD, Independence Ballroom I)

Labor Policy Developments in the Trump Era

Heidi Shierholz

Chair: Heidi Shierholz (Economic Policy Inst.)


Celine McNicholasDavid Weil

Teresa Ghilarducci

Michael Strain

Celine McNicholas (Economic Policy Inst.)
David Weil (Boston Univ. and Formerly US DOL)
Teresa Ghilarducci (The New School)
Michael Strain (American Enterprise Inst.)

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm (Pennsylvania Convention Center, 201-A)

LERA Plenary and Featured Speaker:
The Care Penalty and the Power Premium: Earnings Inequality in the United States

Harry Katz

  Chair: Harry Katz (Cornell Univ.)

Nancy Folbre

Featured Speaker: Nancy Folbre (Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst)

6:00 - 7:00 pm (Pennsylvania Convention Center, 204-B)

LERA Welcome Reception: Join LERA for hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

Sponsored by:

  • Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations
  • Economic Policy Institute
  • MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research
  • Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations
  • W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
  • UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

Saturday, January 6, 2018

8:00 am - 4:30 pm: Concurrent Sessions (Pennsylvania Convention Center, 203-A and 203-B)

12:30 - 2:15 pm (MPD, Grand Ballroom Salon A)

LERA Plenary: A Roundtable to Honor Gordon PavyRemembrances on Gordon and Observations on Declining Unionization

William SpriggsChair: William Spriggs (Howard Univ.)

Damon Silvers (AFL-CIO)
Brad Markell (AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council)
Daniel Marschall (Working for America)
Lawrence Mishel (Economic Policy Inst.)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

8:00 am - 10:00 am: Concurrent Sessions (Pennsylvania Convention Center, 203-A and 202-B)

LERA@ASSA 2018 Meeting Program Committee (in conjunction with ASSA/AEA)

Jeannette Wicks-Lim, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Co-Chair, Susan Houseman, W.E. Upjohn Institute, Co-Chair, Katharine Abraham, University of Maryland, Sylvia Allegretto, University of California, Berkeley, Dale Belman, Michigan State University, Teresa Ghilarducci, The New School for Social Research, Barry T. Hirsch, Georgia State University, Alex Mas, Princeton University, Larry Mishel, Economic Policy Institute, Samuel L. Myers, University of Minnesota, Jesse Rothstein, University of California, Berkeley, William Spriggs, AFL-CIO and Howard University, Till Von Wachter, University of California-Los Angeles, Ex Officio: Sanford Jacoby, University of California-Los Angeles, Ex Officio: Elaine McCrate, University of Vermont

Participant Information - Important!

You will find detailed information here on what you need to do prior, during, and after the conference to participate as a chair, presenter, or discussant on the meeting program. Please visit this page, download and print the information you need.

Complete program of sessions and events

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MPD, Independence Ballroom I