Strengthening Unemployment Insurance for the 21st Century

July 13, 2010, 9:00 am 4:00 pm
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This day-long policy exchange was hosted by the National Academy of Social Insurance on July 13, 2010 and chaired by Margaret Simms of the Urban Institute.

The national roundtable discussion brought together government leaders, researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders. It produced a synthesis of our current knowledge, a proposed research agenda, and new ideas and approaches for strengthening unemployment insurance for the 21st century. 

The event was supported by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and the Direct Employers Association.

Panel topics included:

  • Unemployment Insurance Administration
  • Views of Stakeholders: Employees and Employers
  • Eligibility Requirements and Benefit Adequacy
  • The Unemployment Insurance Payroll Tax: Forward Funding and Experience Rating
  • Solvency of Unemployment Insurance
  • Getting Workers Back to Work
  • Proposals for Sweeping Reform

Speakers included:

  • Patricia Anderson, Dartmouth University
  • Charles Betsey, Howard University
  • Gary Burtless, The Brookings Institution
  • Dan Black, Harris School, University of Chicago
  • Roberta Gassman, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Gay Gilbert, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Erica Groshen, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Richard Hobbie, National Association of State Workforce Agencies
  • Douglas J. Holmes, UWC - Strategic Services of Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation
  • Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Christopher O’Leary, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
  • Joseph Quinn, Boston College
  • Margaret Simms, The Urban Institute
  • Luke Shaefer, University of Michigan
  • Andrew Stettner, National Employment Law Project
  • Larry Temple, Texas Workforce Commission
  • Wayne Vroman, The Urban Institute
  • Bill Warren, Direct Employers Association
  • Till von Wachter, Columbia University
  • Rochelle Webb, Arizona Department of Economic Security
  • Stephen Woodbury, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research