Allan Wain

Allan Wain

LWP Fellow
Research on Pensions
Dr Allan Wain’s research interests include the meaning, relevance, and application of infrastructure to pension funds and to society, incorporating how infrastructure is informed by and is informing of societal values, employment opportunities, government policy, and market behaviour.... Read more about Allan Wain
Dora Sari

Dora Sari

LWP Fellow
Research on Labor and Trade
Dora Sari has nearly ten years of work experience on the labour field, with a focus on collective labour rights and relations. She has a background in international and national labour law and is currently pursuing her PhD in political science at the University of Geneva.... Read more about Dora Sari
Erling Barth

Erling Barth

Senior Research Associate
Research on Labor Markets

Erling Barth is Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research in Oslo and Professor II at the Department of Economics, University of Oslo, affiliated with ESOP. His PhD is from the Department of Economics at the University of Oslo. He is Wertheim Fellow at the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard University, Research Economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) at Cambridge, MA, and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour, IZA, in Bonn.

His research interests include technological change and its effects on the labor market, the impact of labor market institutions, inequality and the wage structure, employment, the economics of the welfare state, gender wage differentials, immigration, ownership, labor mobility, and firms’ behavior.... Read more about Erling Barth

Labour rights indicators: a new resource for better understanding of labour rights in the world

Labour rights indicators: a new resource for better understanding of labour rights in the world

May 1, 2017

By by Mark Anner, David Kucera, Dora Sari

Global Labour Column, 
Number 274, May 2017

"Is compliance with international labour standards good for economic development, or does non-compliance give countries a competitive advantage? Are we faced with a ‘race to the bottom’ with respect to labour standards?... 
As old as these questions are, we still lack anything like definitive answers to them. Knowing the answers should not call into question the objective of improving compliance with international labour standards, but rather inform the strategy by which this is pursued. In spite of there being a fair amount of research, a key bottleneck in moving forward is adequate measures for many international labour standards, particularly for freedom of association and collective bargaining (FACB) rights which are intrinsically difficult to measure. To address this gap, new labour rights indicators and an accompanying dataset, both focusing on FACB rights, have been launched by the Center for Global Workers’ Rights at Penn State University together with the Global Labour University. "

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How Elections Influence Judges

May 25, 2017

Interviewed: DANIEL L. CHEN, LWP Fellow

"Social science research looks at the relationship between how judges rule and how they are influenced by election campaigns... Chen says that judicial rulings, especially as expressed by dissents, become twice as partisan as the election approaches before falling back to normal levels."

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1984 Nov 01

“Employment and Welfare”

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Olof Palme
Olof Palme,
Swedish Prime Minister

"Some time ago in Vienna, I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Bruno Kreisky's speech when he retired as chancellor and leader of the Austrian Social Democratic Party. As we in the audience sat there listening, we expected to hear an account of his long and eventful life and of his wide-ranging and successful political experiences. But not at all! Bruno Kreisky talked only about the future. At his retirement from official life, the whole of his thinking was looking forward..."

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1989 Nov 01

"The Changing Role of the Union and Competitiveness"

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Keynote Address: "The Changing Role of the Union and Competitiveness"
Donald Ephlin
International Vice President and Director of the
General Motors Department, United Auto Workers

William Lucy
International Secretary-Treasurer, American
Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

Postscript I: Lessons Learned
Linda Kaboolian
Research Fellow in the Center for Business
and Government, John F. Kennedy
School of Government, Harvard University

Postscript II: The Forces Driving Change
Kim Clark
Professor of Business Administration,
Harvard Business School

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2001 Oct 04

"The Strength of America"

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Al Gore

Honorable Albert J. Gore

Opening Remarks by Lawrence H. Summers, President, Harvard University: 
 " Al Gore is going to speak to us about the strength of America. In a moment, I want to say a few words about the strength of Al Gore but, before I do, I want to say a few words about public service. I want to recognize Jerry Wurf, someone I knew well as his family vacationed near mine in Wellfleet, Massachusetts and someone who I admired for his commitment to doing the right thing by the people he represented and doing the right thing by this country. Jerry made what I think is a point that none of us at the university can make often enough or strongly enough and that is the importance of public service. There was only one group of people who were going up the stairs in the World Trade Center on September 11 and those were public servants. Public servants. People who are paid by taxes. People who were workers in the government of New York City, workers in the government of New York State and workers in the government of the United States. Anyone who wants to say that government work is wrong or that government is wrong or that government is bad should think about those people going up those stairs at that moment."

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