The Labor and Worklife Program is Harvard University’s forum for research and teaching on the world of work and its implications for society.  The LWP’s activities are in six program areas:

  1. Harvard Trade Union Program - an executive mid-career program for union leaders founded in 1942;
  2. Changing Labor Markets Project (CLMP) -  a research and policy development program that examines the sources of downward pressure on wages that has produced unprecedented wage stagnation and potential solutions through conferences, research, seminars, and other activities;
  3. Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project – a research and public policy project concerned with financial security in retirement and pension fund governance, management, and investment;
  4. Payroll Fraud & Underground Economy - a project exploring wage theft, misclassification, the expansion of the underground economy and the consequences of these trends for the enforcement of labor standards;
  5. International Big Data Project - a collaboration of labor economists and social scientists to tackle the expanding opportunities with Big Data in order to sharpen comparative analysis of nations and labor movements around the world; and
  6. Science and Engineering Workforce Project (SEWP) - a program that mobilizes a dedicated network of researchers for advancing social science understanding of science and engineering.  

Additionally, the Labor and Worklife Program administers and awards fellowships on labor and the world of work for the Jacob Wertheim Research Fellowship for the Betterment of Industrial Relationships and the Jerry Wurf Memorial Fund.  


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