Call for Proposals for New Book on Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies
The editors of a new book, Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century, are seeking proposals from authors interested in writing a chapter or case study for the book. The book, which will be published and widely distributed by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City, will bring together an array of authors to write about education and workforce development strategies and policies to improve opportunities for job seekers, meet the needs of employers, and improve the effectiveness of workforce development programs.
Chapters and case studies from the book will be discussed at a Federal Reserve national conference co-sponsored by the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University from October 15 to 17, 2014.
The deadline for submitting brief proposals — which will be reviewed by co-editors Todd Green of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Tammy Edwards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and Carl Van Horn of the Heldrich Center — is mid-December. Draft manuscripts would be due in May 2014.
Read the book prospectus to learn more about the book and the proposal submission process. The editors also welcome suggestions for topics that should be included but are not listed in the prospectus and welcome recommendations of authors that should be included in the volume.
If you have any questions, please contact Carl Van Horn.
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NEWS & UPDATES
- Van Horn Quoted in AARP Article on Older Unemployed Workers (10/23/13)
- Van Horn on Older Workers (11/26/13)
- Van Noy invited to GEMEnA Expert Panel (11/5/13)
- Van Horn: Federal Reserve Podcast on Americans’ Changing Perspectives on Employment & Future of Workplace (10/2/13)
- HR Magazine Publishes Article by Van Horn (10/9/13)
- Dr. Hal Salzman Quoted by The Washington Post and Diane Ravitch (10/24/13)
Van Horn Blogs about Older Workers
The Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College features a blog post by Dr. Carl Van Horn addressing the current struggles of older unemployed workers. Van Horn identifies the overall decrease in demand for workers and employers’ tendency to prefer younger workers as the primary reasons older people are unable to find employment. He explains that despite their desire to work, willingness to accept lower pay, and embrace of new skills training, older workers are frequently labeled as “more expensive, less productive, and less flexible than younger employees.” Over two million older workers are unemployed and Van Horn notes than in addition to suffering from the stigma of being an older worker, few programs and policies exist to help them find employment. He concludes with the sobering reality that policymakers are ignoring older workers and must realize that these workers can thrive in the workforce when given the opportunity.
HR Magazine Features Article by Van Horn on the Great Recession
The October 2013 issue of HR Magazine features an article by Heldrich Center Director Dr. Carl Van Horn that draws upon the findings from his recent book, Working Scared (Or Not at All): The Lost Decade, Great Recession, and Restoring the Shattered American Dream, and distills the causes of the Great Recession and the devastation it brought about for American workers. What he labeled the “lost decade” is characterized by several factors, including the longest recession on record, the highest unemployment in 30 years, and a drop in median family income. He identifies four forces that are driving labor-market transformations: globalization and offshoring; mergers, acquisitions, and restructuring; the transition from industrialization to a knowledge- and service-based economy; and deunionization. Van Horn explains that these forces contributed to the widespread dissatisfaction that American workers have as they try to support themselves and their families in the face of reduced benefits and decreased or nonexistent training and educational opportunities in the workplace. As the United States struggles to recover, Van Horn notes that it must “develop more aggressive pro-growth policies and devote greater effort to enlarging the nation’s economic pie rather than fighting over the best way to divide it.” Read the article online or request a print copy.
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