2016 March eBulletin
In this issue of LERA's e-Bulletin: March 2016
  • Register for LERA 68th Annual Meeting by March 25
  • LER-Law Newsletter is Available Online
  • Lisa Lynch's Many Hats
  • Tom Kochan's MOOC
  • John Komlos on income inequality on PBS' "Making Sens$e"
  • The Economist on the "gig economy," references S. Harris-A.Krueger research
  • Further reading (and listening) for LERA members
  • Register for the LERA 68th Annual Meeting by March 25, 2016 to save $100. You will find registration, program and more at this page: https://lera.memberclicks.net/lera-68-annual-meeting. Problems registering? Contact LERA at [email protected] or by phone at 217-333-0072 for assistance.

  • LER-LAW Newsletter is available in LERA Members' Only LIbrary. The February 2016 edition, co-edited by Ann Hodges and Dillon Taylor of the University of Richmond, can be found by logging in to the LERA website, selecting "publications" and then "LER Law eNewsletter", or following this link: https://lera.memberclicks.net/publications, once logged in.

  • Lisa Lynch continues in her role as interim president at Brandeis University. On July 1, she'll return to her provost position - the university's top academic officer. She continues as Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy. You can find more details on the website of the Brandeis Office of the President web site. http://www.brandeis.edu/president/
  • Tom Kochan takes his class, Shaping the Future of Work, worldwide (intergalactic?) with his new MOOC. The Massive Online Open Course requires three-five hours per week for seven weeks starting March 28. Online registration is easy. It's free or with certificate for $49. https://www.edx.org/course/shaping-future-work-mitx-15-662x

  • John Komlos, University of Munich economics professor emeritus, takes on a Wall Street Journal op-ed arguing that wealth inequality isn't as bad as it looks. Read his "These facts about inequality can't be whitewashed." http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/column-these-facts-about-inequality-cant-be-whitewashed/

  • The Economist reports in an article, "Smooth operations," on a new study from JP Morgan Chase Institute on the size, growth and characteristics of the "gig economy," AirBnB, Uber, et al. The article also references the Alan Krueger-Seth Harris report that proposes a third hybrid category of worker, "somewhere between an employer and contractor." (The Economist site requires registration,) http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21693261-new-report-reveals-scale-and-purpose-app-based-earnings-smooth-operators
Further reading (and listening) for LERA members:

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