Stephen Herzenberg is the Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center, a Pennsylvania-based, independent, non-partisan economic research and policy organization, which also houses the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. His research has focused on the U.S. and global auto industry, the rise of the service-dominated new economy, the challenges unions face adapting to the new economy, workforce development, economic development, industry studies including early childhood education, long-term care, manufacturing, and construction, and a state policy issues generally.
We need to take a harder look at our unemployment insurance system. With respect to women and people of color, the pandemic brought with it what we call a triple whammy.
I suppose a silver lining of sorts out of this crash is that the language of ‘essential workers’ has resulted in some broader recognition of the importance of the work those folks do. What that debate drives home is that those workers need, in general, to be paid more.