twenty-first century employment structures
A second stream of research—somewhat related to the others—deals with the structure of employment in the contemporary labor markets. I am especially interested in the increasingly contingent nature of employment arrangements—sometimes referred to as the “gig economy,”—and a policy regime that addresses the issues that arise with this change. I have worked in the past on the issue of the contingent workforce, and look forward to expanding that work, exploring the nature of work relationships, entrepreneurship and freelance work that is by choice and by necessity, and other forms of contingent work.
recent working papers and conference presentations
- “Inequality and Upward Mobility: Some Findings from Atlanta and San Francisco.” Accepted for presentation at the 2021 Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, IL. [Rescheduled from 2020 due to COVID-19]
- “Platform Work as Urban Infrastructure: Preliminary Results from a Mid-pandemic Survey of Gig Workers.” Accepted for presentation at the 2021 American Society for Public Administration Conference, Online only, April 9-15. See a summary of this presentation here.
- “COVID-19 and the Gig Economy: What Have We Learned [so far], and What Can We Do to Fix It?,” with Colby King. Prepared for Uneven Outcomes in the Labor Market: Understanding Trends and Identifying Solutions, February 1-4, 2021, hosted by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, and Philadelphia.
- “Making the Gig Economy Work for Everyone: Strategies to Reduce Precarity for Contingent Workers” Presented at the 2018 Urban Affairs Association Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada, April 4-7, 2018. [PowerPoint presentation]
- “COVID-19 and the gig economy: Preliminary results from a mid-crisis survey.” Presented at the 2020 Northeast Conference on Public Administration, Boston, MA, November 6-7, 2020 [presentation]
- With Cathy Yang Liu (2012). “Counting and Understanding the Contingent Workforce: Using Georgia as an Example.” Urban Studies, 49(5), 1003–1025.