2008 – David Autor

4th Annual W.J. Usery Distinguished Lecture

“Inequality and Specialization: The Growth of Low-Skill Service Jobs in the United States”

Dr. David Autor

Dr. David Autor

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and The Usery Center hosted the fourth W.J. Usery Distinguished Lecture on March 24, 2008. The guest speaker for the lecture was Dr. David Autor (pictured at right), Associate Professor of Economics at MIT.   The seminar by Dr. Autor was held in the Andrew Young School’s seminar room (7th Floor, AYS Building, 14 Marietta Street, NW).  Before the lecture, there was  “coffee and conversation” with Dr. Autor outside the 5th floor conference room (AYS Building), open to all students, faculty and staff.

David Autor has been at the forefront of research on the changing American workplace. His work focuses on how technological change has altered the skill content and types of jobs in the U.S., the nature and causes of rising earnings inequality, the increasing role of non-standard work relationships (temporary help, outsourcing) and labor intermediation (online job matching, background and personality checks, etc.), and the impacts of disability insurance and wrongful discharge protections.

Autor is an Associate Professor of Economics at MIT and a Faculty Research Fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Programs on Labor Studies and Education. He received a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Computer Science from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award for his research on labor market intermediation and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship.

Additional information on David Autor is available at his website: http://econ-www.mit.edu/faculty/dautor/