Getting to Know You: Bill Mabe
This week, our "Getting to Know You Series" features an interview with Dr. William F. Mabe. Bill joined the Heldrich Center in 2003 and today is the Center’s director of research and evaluation. He oversees research and evaluation projects in various areas, including labor market studies and quantitative and qualitative evaluations of workforce programs that serve a variety of different populations, including people of color and individuals with disabilities.
His interview focuses on one of the Center’s newest projects, the Workforce Data Quality Initiative, which seeks to bring together data from various state agencies and programs to support high-quality data analysis that benefits policymakers and job seekers.
Register Today: Is There a STEM Worker Shortage?
Are more graduates and guestworkers needed? The ongoing debate about these issues, and congressional high-skill immigration proposals, will be discussed at the National Academies by some of the key researchers and policy analysts examining these issues.
As Congress considers comprehensive immigration legislation, little attention has been focused upon the labor market impacts of the STEM guestworker and STEM green card provisions of the bills. The key policy questions being discussed include: is there a shortage of STEM workers in the U.S. economy, is the U.S. education system producing enough STEM graduates with requisite STEM education, and how does high-skill immigration affect the STEM labor market and the domestic supply of STEM talent?
ITIF, EPI, the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, and Issues in Science and Technology, will co-host a lively debate on this critical policy issue. Robert Atkinson, President of ITIF, and Jonathan Rothwell, an Associate Fellow at the Brookings Institution, will argue that the United States faces a STEM worker shortage, which is hampering the development of the innovation economy, and high-skill immigration should be used as a tool to address the skills gap. Hal Salzman, Professor of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and co-author of a report on guestworkers in IT and a recent Issues in Science and Technology article on STEM shortages, and Ron Hira, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Rochester Institute of Technology and EPI Research Associate, will counter that the nation is not experiencing a STEM shortage, and that sharply increasing the number of temporary guestworkers in STEM fields and making an unlimited number of green cards available for STEM grads without evidence of a labor market need will affect wage growth and employment and discourage young people from entering STEM fields. The debate will be moderated by Kevin Finneran, editor of the National Academies' Issues in Science and Technology.
The event is free, open to the public, and complies with ethics rules.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: National Academies, Keck Building, 500 Fifth Street, N.W. (208), Washington, DC 20001
Advance registration is required. Register today.
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Van Horn Participates in White House Forum
Carl Van Horn, director and founder of the Heldrich Center, participated in last week’s White House event "Opportunity for All: Ready to Work." The event, which explored new ways to provide long-term unemployed workers with opportunities to return to the workforce, featured remarks from President Obama and a series of panel discussions about long-term unemployment.
The Philadelphia Inquirer recently quoted Van Horn in a story on long-term unemployment.
Long-term unemployment has long been an area of focus for Heldrich Center researchers. For more on the subject, check out the following publications:
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The Heldrich Center and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City are partnering on an exciting project that will result in a national conference and an edited book in 2014. Read more.
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