in conjunction with ASSA/AEA

View Program

The LERA 2017 Winter Meeting Program Committee brings you 18 sessions on leading topics addressing "Equity and Prosperity: Employment Policy for the 21st Century", including a plenary session and welcome reception on the opening night, which you are invited to attend. Registration and hotel accommodations will be addressed online at the ASSA/AEA website, registration and housing opened on Sep. 14 at, and the earlybird registration deadline is Dec. 3, 2016. The registration ID is required to book a room or a suite.The most up-to-date information about registration and housing can always be found at the ASSA/AEA Annual Meeting Webpage, which you can find here: The ASSA/AEA handles all logistics for this conference. If needed, please contact them here.

Registration | Housing | Full Program | Event Summary | Program Committee | Participant Information

3 Basic steps to attend conference

1. Register -
Regular early bird registration is $55 before December 3, and be sure to mark "member" on your registration form.  After December 3, 2016 the registration rate increases to $115.  Note: you must register before you will be able to take advantage of the deeply discounted hotel room rates (of about $105 per night). LERA sessions will be held at 151 E Upper Wacker Drive at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. You can pick up your meeting registration materials at the ASSA/AEA registration desk in the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
In the past, when you registered for the ASSA meeting, you created an account in the registration system. Please do not create a new account this year. Instead, log back into your existing account to register for any of this year's meetings. To prepare ahead of time, if you have forgotten your username and/or password, use the Forgot your password option. (Please note that the conference system is separate from the AEA membership system. It is possible that you used the same credentials for both, but they could be different.) All new users simply visit their website and create a username and password for the first time.
(General information about the meeting can be found at
2. Reserve your hotel room (if needed) -

As soon as you register, you will receive an email from [email protected] that will contain a 5-digit housing code. Once you receive this code, proceed to the housing form listed here and reserve your room ( The LERA hotel is the Hyatt Regency at 151 E Wacker Drive.

Hyatt Regency, 151 E Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

PLEASE NOTE: The Hyatt Regency is also the ASSA Headquarters hotel -- and it will sell out VERY quickly, usually within the first or second day they open registration. (13,000 people will all want to stay there, but of course they can only accommodate a fraction of that). If you want to be certain to stay at the LERA hotel, then you will need to register and obtain your hotel room reservation on the very first day they open their registration in September 2016. LERA will send an email to our entire membership when they open registration to remind you.

3. Please review program and get more information - You can find information about the LERA sessions online (

Event Summary -

January 6, 2017

Concurrent Sessions
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

LERA Featured Plenary
4:45 - 5:45 pm

Search, Structural and Cyclical Unemployment: What Are the Major Challenges for Job Seekers, Employers, and Labor Market Intermediaries
"Search, Structural and Cyclical Unemployment: What Are the Major Challenges for Job Seekers, Employers, and Labor Market Intermediaries"
Chair: William M. Rodgers III, Rutgers University
Panelists: Katharine G. Abraham, University of Maryland and former Commissioner of Labor Statistics
Erica Groshen, Commissioner of Labor Statistics

 Chair: Katharine G. Abraham,
University of Maryland

Featured Speaker:
Richard B. Freeman,
Harvard University

LERA Welcome Reception
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Sponsored by:
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign,
MIT, Economic Policy Institute,
and the ILR School at Cornell University

Join LERA for hors d’oeuvres
and cash bar.

January 7, 2017
Concurrent Sessions
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

LERA Plenary Roundtable: Advice to the Incoming
Administration on Labor and Employment Policy

12:30 - 2:15 pm

Ronald Bird
U.S. Chamber
of Commerce

Heidi Shierholz
U.S. Department
of Labor

Aparna Mathur
American Enterprise

William M. Rodgers III

January 8, 2017

Concurrent Sessions
8:00 am - 10:00 am




















LERA 2017 Winter Meeting Program Committee (in conjunction with ASSA/AEA)

Sanford Jacoby, Co-Chair, University of California, Los Angeles; Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Co-Chair, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Katharine Abraham, University of Maryland; Sylvia Allegretto, University of California, Berkeley; Dale Belman, Michigan State University; Teresa Ghilarducci, The New School for Social Research; Barry T. Hirsch, Georgia State University; Susan Houseman, W.E. Upjohn Institute; Larry Mishel, Economic Policy Institute; Samuel L. Myers, University of Minnesota; Jesse Rothstein, University of California, Berkeley; William Spriggs, AFL-CIO and Howard University; and Elaine McCrate, University of Vermont (ex officio).

Participant Information - Important!

You will find detailed information here on what you need to do prior, during, and after the conference to participate as a chair, presenter, or discussant on the meeting program. Please visit this page, download and print the information you need.

Complete program of sessions and events

(If the program below does not appear, please open a new window and copy and paste this URL