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William Rodgers, III

2010 Conference Co-Chair

William Rodgers III is Professor of Public Policy and Chief Economist at The Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. His research examines issues in labor economics and the economics of social problems. Currently, he is examining the relationship between clinical depression and employment and earnings, and the impact of 9/11 and the London bombings on the labor market outcomes of U.S. and UK Muslims. In addition to these current projects, Rodgers is serving as Co-Chair of NASI's 22nd Annual Policy Conference, Beyond the Bad Economy: Jobs, Retirement, Health and Social Insurance.

According to Rich Hobbie, Executive Director for the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) and current NASI Board Member, ““Bill's research on the impact of the economic expansions of the last two decades has provided much insight into the diminished job generating capacity of the American economy and what that means for American workers.”

Rodgers joined the graduate faculty at Rutgers' School of Management and Labor Relations in 2006. He is also a senior research affiliate of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to Rutgers, he served as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2000 to 2001, and he was the Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of Economics at the College of William and Mary.

Rodgers serves on Governor Corzine's New Jersey Commission on Government Efficiency and Reform. He is concluding four years of directing the American Economic Association's Pipeline Project. He also served as Chair of the Association's Committee on the Status of Minorities in the Economics Profession.

A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 2006, Rodgers is also a member of the Center for American Progress' Academic Advisory Board, the National Urban League Institute for Opportunity and Equality Advisory Board, and the board of the University of Kentucky's Center for Poverty Research. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

In his spare time, Bill enjoys running, playing and coaching youth soccer. Currently, he is studying for his UEFA 'B' (Union of European Football Associations) coaching license.