Past Events

  • 2017 Oct 16

    Whose Fair Share: Opportunity and Inclusion in the Sharing Economy

    5:00pm to 7:00pm


    Wasserstein Hall, Milstein 2036 East C, Harvard Law School

    Held by Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, Harvard Law School

    This event will be the first of a series of events focusing on equity and inclusion in the sharing economy and the modern, technology-based economy more broadly. This first event will focus on barriers to participation and will include representatives from major sharing economy businesses, such as Lyft and Airbnb, as well as academics, activists and students. Sharon Block, LWP Executive Director will participate on a panel.

    Free and open to the public: [RSVP and more information]

  • 2017 Sep 19

    Labor Law Reform Symposium

    (All day)


    Harvard Law School

    An invitation-only group of labor law professors, union leaders, worker advocates, public officials, and others convened at Harvard Law School to explore whether experiments at the state and local level could expand collective bargaining and workers’ collective action.  The Economic Policy Institute and Harvard Law and Policy Review (HLPR) were LWP’s partners for this event.... Read more about Labor Law Reform Symposium

  • 2017 Sep 15

    Innovation in the Cell Phone Markets of US and China

    12:00pm to 1:30pm


    Baker L​i​brary, Harvard Business School

    Economics of Science and Engineering Workshop
    Given by: Richard Freeman (Harvard University and NBER), Jorn Boenke (Labor & Worklife Program, Harvard Law School), and Maggie Cheng (Stanford University) 

    Cell phones are a product with continual innovation that have impacted lives around the world.  American adults spend 2 hours 51 minutes on their smartphone every day.  This paper analyzes the changing attributes of cell Phones in the two largest economies in the world, USA and China.  It uses hedonic price regressions to assess the speed of innovative change from data on prices matched with the attributes of new and older models.  It assesses the impact of innovations on cell phones on consumer well-being and assesses the seeming inconsistency between micro data on products with improved technological features and macro data that show sluggish growth of GDP per capita in the US.

  • 2017 Feb 15


    4:00pm to 6:00pm


    Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall Harvard Law School 1515 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
    M. Patricia Smith
    M. Patricia Smith
    former, Solicitor of Labor
  • 2017 Feb 14


    4:00pm to 6:00pm


    Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall Harvard Law School 1515 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
    Larry Beeferman, Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project, LWP
    Brent Booker, Secretary Treasurer, North America's Building Trades Unions
    Donald Cohen, Executive Director, In the Public Interest
    Kevin DeGood, Director, Infrastructure Policy, Center for American Progress