A virtual public lecture sponsored by the
Montana State UniversityInitiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis (IRAEA) 
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
5:00 - 6:00 pm MST
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The current labor shortage - with more job openings than unemployed workers - is affecting nearly everone. Local & national businesses have had to cut hours of operation, cut production, or shut down for lack of workers. How do expanded government benefits, difficulties finding childcare, changes in workers' expectations, and other factors contribute to the shortage? In this free public lecture, Dr. Erica Groshen, former Commissioner of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, will share her insights.

photo of Erica Groshen 
Dr. Erica Groshen is Senior Economics Advisor at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Research Fellow at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. From 2013 to 2017, she served as the 14th Commissioner of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and inflation. Before that she was Vice President in the Research and Statistics Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her research has centered on jobless recoveries, wage rigidity and dispersion, and the role of employers in the labor market. Dr. Groshen received the 2017 Susan C. Eaton Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a B.S. in mathematics and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Welcome and Overview: Pamela Meyerhofer and Wendy Stock, MSU 
  • Presentation: Erica Groshen Worker Shortages in the COVID Era 
  • Audience Questions & Discussion


For Additional Information, Please Contact Dr. Wendy Stock