Using Randomized Evaluation to Learn about the Changing Nature of Work: J-PAL Launches the Work of the Future Initiative

April 12, 2019
Royal Sonesta - Cambridge, MA

Join us for the launch of J-PAL North America’s Work of the Future Initiative, which supports randomized evaluations of strategies and innovations that address the changing nature of work in North America. We will hear from leading researchers David Autor (MIT), Lawrence Katz (Harvard), and Matthew Notowidigdo (Northwestern), as well as representatives from nonprofits, government, and industry leaders. We will discuss the challenges associated with the evolving labor market and the importance of building partnerships between NGOs, the private sector, the government, and academia to generate evidence on these priority policy questions via randomized evaluations.

Over the course of the day, keynotes, panels, and breakout sessions will provide an overview of the existing rigorous literature on these topics and lay out potential paths forward for research. Topics will include retraining or reskilling workers; facilitating worker transitions; improving productivity, skills, earnings, or employment prospects; and enhancing opportunities in alternative work arrangements.

A tentative agenda for the convening will be posted on the right hand side of this page in the coming weeks!