New book looks at preparing workforce for labor
By Kevin Sottak
Institute for Policy
The U.S. labor market has seen changes over the past few
decades, and further turmoil is expected as the population
ages and immigration and the move to offshore jobs
A new Urban Institute Press book says that policies
promoting education and skill development among American
workers will be crucial in responding to shocks buffeting
the U.S. workforce.
In Reshaping the American Workforce in a Changing
Economy, a host of labor market experts forecasts the
labor market's future and investigates the policy options
to counteract any significant workforce tremors. The book
is edited by Harry J. Holzer, a professor of public policy
at Georgetown University and visiting fellow at the Urban
Institute, and Demetra Smith Nightingale, a principal
research scientist at Johns Hopkins'
Institute for Policy Studies and senior research
consultant at the Urban Institute.
"If a growing demand for skilled labor is not matched
by a comparable trend in supply, then labor market
inequality will likely continue to grow in the United
States," write Holzer and Nightingale. "And, while labor
markets will respond to these developments with a variety
of adjustments ... output and productivity growth might be
constrained by a relative dearth of skilled workers."
The new volume addresses many timely policy questions.
How, for example, can public policy help meet employer
needs for different types of workers? What ways are
available to encourage education and training, especially
options that require fewer public resources? How can we
make sure that new education and training opportunities are
equitable? What must be done beyond public policy to raise
the supply of appropriately educated and skilled
Reshaping the American Workforce in a Changing
Economy is available from the Urban Institute Press at
202-261-5687 or 877-847-7377.
The Urban Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy
research and educational organization that examines the
social, economic and governance challenges facing the
Discussion on 'Reshaping the American
A policy discussion based on Holzer and Nightingale's book
will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, in
room 500 of the university's Bernstein Offit Building in
Washington, D.C. For planning purposes, please RSVP to
Mildred Woodhouse of the Urban Institute at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-261-5576. The events are
Welcome. Sandra Newman, director,
Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies
"Today's Workforce Challenges."
Harry Holzer, Georgetown University and the Urban
Institute; and Demetra Nightingale, Johns Hopkins Institute
for Policy Studies
"Reactions: Legislative and
Program Implications." Beth Buehlmann, minority education
policy director, Senate Health, Education, Labor and
Pensions Committee; Bill Kamela, majority staff director,
Subcommittee on Employment and Workforce Safety, Senate
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; Evelyn
Ganzglass, Center for Law and Social Policy; and Ronald
Haskins, Brookings Institution and the Annie E. Casey
The research on which this book is based was supported
by a grant from the Joyce Foundation.
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