Program

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

8:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am Welcome, Introductions, Statement of Purpose
9:30am Plenary Keynote Presentation #1 – Senator Mark Warner
10:00am Panel 1: The Future of Jobs and Work

Moderator – Andrew McAfee (MIT)

Panelists – Jonas Prising (ManpowerGroup), Lee Dyer (Cornell)

The hollowing out of the middle class. Short hours and shifting schedules. The rise of on-demand platforms from Uber to Mechanical Turk. Declining union membership. Increasing globalization and accelerating technological progress. Clearly, the jobs aren’t where they used to be, and work is not what it used to be even a generation ago. This panel will discuss the trends reshaping the labor market, and what changes and interventions are needed now.

11:00am Coffee Break
11:30am Panel 2: The Role of On-Demand Platforms

Moderator – Andrey Fradkin (MIT)

Panelists – Jonathan Hall (Uber), Peter Coles (Airbnb), Jon Lieber (Thumbtack), Larry Mishel (Economic Policy Institute)

The matching of customers and service providers is increasingly intermediated by digital and mobile oriented platforms. The work done on these platforms has been difficult to fit into traditional frameworks for analyzing the labor market. In this panel, we bring in leading experts to discuss key issues in the understanding of the economic effects of these platforms. We will address the following questions:

  • What are the effects of on-demand platforms on the workers who use them to find jobs?
  • Are on-demand platforms important on a macroeconomic scale?
  • How large do we expect these platforms to eventually become?
  • What are the effects of on-demand platforms on incumbent firms and the workers they employ?
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Panel 3: The Changing Structure of Labor Matching

Moderator – Erik Brynjolfsson (MIT)

Panelists – Guy Berger (LinkedIn), Dan Restuccia (BurningGlass), Sara Horowitz (Freelancers Union), Susan Lund (McKinsey), Hayden Brown (Upwork)

Job search is officially in the digital age. Platforms such as LinkedIn, Upwork, and Glassdoor have made it easier than ever for businesses and workers to find information about each other. These platforms have the potential to change the structure of global labor markets. They can bring new job opportunities to isolated regions and social groups. However, they may also concentrate labor market returns by enabling winner take all dynamics. In this session, we bring together leading experts to discuss how online platforms have changed job search, whether there are still undiscovered efficiency gains, and what the future of labor matching will entail.

2:30pm Coffee Break
3:00pm Panel 4: The New Social Contract for Labor

Moderator – Barbara Dyer (Hitachi Foundation)

Panelists – Tom Kochan (MIT), David Rolf (SEIU 775), Andrei Hagiu (HBS), Wilma Liebman (former NLRB), ACe Callwood (Painless 1099)

The post-World War II Social Contract that supported a tandem upward movement in productivity and wages worked well for long tenured employees and established firms up until 1980. The question is what might be a viable Social Contract today for those engaged in on-demand and other fissured employment settings? This panel will discuss potential substantive features for a new Social Contract and options for achieving them.

4:30pm Inclusive Innovation Competition Showcase

Moderator – Devin Cook (MIT)

Featuring BioBuilder, Blendoor, General Assembly, Unlimited Labs, Work America, and The Working World

5:00pm Reception