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  • About the Author: Diane Lim, Ph.D.

    As Principal Economist, Diane Lim develops, conducts and communicates research as part of The Conference Board’s economics and human capital practices. She studies and speaks on a wide variety o…

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04 Jun. 2018 | Comments (0)
The Rising Role of Older Women in the Labor Force and Why “Full Employment” May Get Still Fuller
The rise of women relative to men in the labor force—along with the relative increase in female-dominated and generally lower-paying service sector em…

12 Dec. 2017 | Comments (0)
Better Understanding Foreign Labor Markets: Introducing TCB’s Labor Market Institutions Handbook
The Labor Market Institutions Handbook: Find for 63 countries an exhaustive range of quantitative and qualitative labor market data.…

27 Jun. 2017 | Comments (0)
We can turbocharge our technology industry with immigration reform
Today, “tech week” begins at the White House. The five-day confab will reportedly see the likes of technology experts and big-name CEOs like Microsoft…

12 May. 2017 | Comments (0)
Growth in American manufacturing jobs? It's happening in Michigan
Today’s jobs report reinforces the slow yet steady recovery of the auto industry. Since 2009 when auto manufacturing jobs bottomed out at j…

03 May. 2017 | Comments (0)
America's Foodies are Powering the Economy with Manufacturing Jobs
In a column last month, one of us detailed the long-term decline in manufacturing jobs. But it turns out that the somewhat gloomy story by no means pe…

30 Mar. 2017 | Comments (0)
3 Things the Jobs Report Doesn't Tell Us About the US Economy
 Like every U.S. jobs report, this morning's report gave an incomplete snapshot of the labor market's current condition and trajectory. Make no m…

24 Mar. 2017 | Comments (0)
The Real Reasons Behind the Fall in America's Manufacturing Jobs
This morning’s employment report shows a healthy increase of 235,000 total (nonfarm) jobs last month—pretty much across the board, in all major catego…

26 Aug. 2016 | Comments (0)
Miracle Cure? Why We Should Open the Door to More Foreign-Trained Nurses
Perhaps no profession better illustrates the difficulty of crafting broadly applicable, temporary and permanent skilled worker visa regulations than d…

29 Apr. 2016 | Comments (0)
The Work That Can’t Be Offshored or Automated
If you ask the man or woman on the street what he or she considers the “hot” new jobs of the future, chances are they’ll bring up some sexy-sounding t…

21 Sep. 2015 | Comments (0)
What Makes for a Satisfying Job? (Apparently, It’s Not All About the Money.)
Today, our colleagues at The Conference Board released the latest edition of their Job Satisfaction report. As labor markets have (slowly) “tightened”…

30 Jul. 2015 | Comments (0)
Is It Good or Bad to Work Part Time? Pros and Cons for the Economy
There are many good economic reasons for and positive outcomes associated with this trend of rising part-time employment, but there are also some not-…

01 Jun. 2015 | Comments (0)
Why Are There More (Of Some) Part-Time Workers? And What Do Women (And Even Men) Have To Do With It?
The number of people working “part time for economic reasons” has continued to fall, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent employme…