Labor and employment roundup

  • Spotted in Senate tax bill: what sounds like an excellent proposal to cut off worker-classification lawsuits [Shu-Yi Oei and Diane M. Ring (who take a very different view of the provision) via Caron/TaxProf]
  • Federalist Society convention video on future of federal workplace agencies with Alex Acosta and Nicholas Geale of DoL, Victoria Lipnic of EEOC, Philip Miscimarra of NLRB;
  • “‘Mistake’ in Pennsylvania homecare contract would have helped unions in fight over healthcare workers” [Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner; Cato podcast with David Osborne and Caleb O. Brown]
  • Automatically worth reading, Claudia Goldin on gender pay gap [New York Times]
  • Public sector unions rule in California politics, and pension-spiking is just one of the results [Steven Greenhut] “California Union Bill Looks to Ban Outsourcing Public Services” [same]
  • New report from Dana Berliner, Clark Neily al., “Occupational Licensing Run Wild” [Federalist Society Regulatory Transparency Project]


  • On the wage gap, she dances around the issue of hours worked or productivity. Men typically work more hours because they know their family depends on their income. Women are not under so much financial pressure if they are married and do not work as many hours or commute as far.
    Productivity is also important. In the academic world, which I know best, a small percent of the scientists (where one must actually produce something that is not just opinions) produce most of the publications. It is a Pareto distribution. Of the top producers, only a tiny fraction are women (even after adjusting for numbers of faculty in each sex). Women up for tenure on average have half or fewer of the publications of men up for tenure. Yet there is pressure to grant tenure to women in equal numbers. This is not equity it is special favors.

  • As you say, Walter, Claudia Goldin is always worth reading. She is not only a respected economist, but a preeminent economic historian as well.