Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Economic Research

Creating and Employing a Skilled Work Force: Challenges and Opportunities Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco November 7, 2011: 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

November 7, 2011

Location: 1st Floor, Yellen Conference Center

1:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks

John Fernald, Associate Director of Research, FRBSF

1:15 p.m.

Session I

“Has the Great Recession Raised U.S. Structural Unemployment?”
Marcello Estevao, Deputy Chief, International Monetary Fund
(presentation)

“Strengthening Community Colleges’ Influence on Economic Mobility”
Louis Jacobson, President, New Horizons Economic Research
(presentation)

Discussant: Hans Johnson, Bren Policy Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
(presentation)

2:30 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m.

Session II

“The Spread of Good Jobs for the Less Skilled: ‘Modern Retail’ as the New Manufacturing”
Kathryn Shaw, Professor of Economics, Stanford Business School
(presentation)

“Where Are All the Good Jobs Going?”
Harry Holzer, Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University
(presentation) (supplemental tables)

Discussant: Steven Raphael, Professor of Public Policy, University of California Berkeley
(presentation)

4:00 p.m.

Break

4:15 p.m.

Session III

Roundtable discussion and audience questions

Includes presenters from above plus:

Rob Black, Golden Gate Restaurant Association and Workforce Investment San Francisco
Mike Hannigan, Give Something Back Office Supplies and Oakland Workforce Investment Board
Phyllis McGuire, City College of San Francisco
Jack Mills, Insight Center for Community Economic Development (presentation)

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Reception