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What You Lose When You Lose Your Job: The Lasting Impacts of Unemployment

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Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

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What You Lose When You Lose Your Job: The Lasting Impacts of Unemployment

As the US economy improves, the unemployment rate continues to fall. But job loss has far-reaching and long-lasting consequences, and many Americans are still dealing with the economic, social, and psychological effects of layoffs. Professor Brand will explore the complex ways that the shock of job loss impacts workers’ career achievement, economic outcomes, and wellbeing, and how these effects reverberate in their families and communities.

The discussion will be moderated by Danny Yagan of the UC Berkeley Economics Department and Sandra Smith of IRLE.

This event is cosponsored by the UC Berkeley Economics Department, the Berkeley Population Center, and the Center for the Study of Law and Society.

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Thursday, March 1, 4:00 pm
2521 Channing Way
Please join us for a reception after the talk.


Jennie E. Brand is a professor of sociology and statistics at University of California, Los Angeles. She studies social stratification, with a focus on job loss and access to higher education. She is currently working on a book, The College Counterfactual, on the role community colleges play in social stratification.

Her research is regularly cited in the popular press. You can read about her work on how children are affected by their single moms’ layoffs, which college students choose “useful” majors, and the anxiety of waiting to be laid off.

Danny Yagan is an assistant professor of economics at UC Berkeley. He is an applied micro economist studying topics of macroeconomic importance: taxes and investment, employment hysteresis from the Great Recession, and income distribution and mobility.

Sandra Smith is Interim Director of IRLE for the 2017-2018 academic year. Her research focuses on questions of urban poverty and joblessness, social capital and social networks, racial inequality, and trust. She is also a professor of sociology at UC Berkeley, and is working on a book entitled Want, Need, Fit: Cultural Logics of Job-Matching Assistance.

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