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Katz to discuss findings of Harvard committee, April 8

Lawrence Katz, professor of economics at Harvard University and former chair of the Harvard Committee on Employment and Contracting Policies, will present a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall. The address is titled "Universities and the Low-Wage Labor Market: Outsourcing and Wages at Harvard University."

Katz's research focuses on issues in the general areas of labor economics and the economics of social problems, as well as the patterns and determinants of recent changes in the U.S. wage structure and rising labor market inequality in a historical and international comparative context.

The committee he chaired sought to raise the wages of lower-paid employees at Harvard. Its final report, issued last December, recommended that Harvard raise pay, establish a parity wage and benefits policy to govern on-site contractors, and adopt a strengthened code of conduct for service contractors. It also called for the university to issue strong statements about workplace norms and expectations, to standardize mechanisms to ensure comprehensive supervisory training about the fair and proper treatment of employees, and to promote policies to protect the legal rights of on-campus employees.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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