Testimony to Policymakers

Employment Policies and Programs to Improve Youth Outcomes During the Summer Months. Committee on Summertime Experiences and Child and Adolescent Education, Health, and Safety at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, November 2018.

Middle Skill Workers and Today’s Labor Market. The National Academies: Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, Symposium on the Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs: Education, Training, and Certification Pathways, June 2015.

The Potential Economic Impact of Increasing the Minimum Wage in Massachusetts. Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, June 2013.

The Middle Skills Solution Act. Presented to the Workforce Development Committee, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, October 2011.

The Potential Economic Impact of Increasing the Minimum Wage. Presented at the New Hampshire House of Representatives Continuing Education Session “The Livable Wage”, January 2007.


Childcare and Reopening. EconFact Chats.

The Impact and Promise of Summer Jobs in the United States. J-PAL Voices.

When the Pandemic Put Summer Jobs at Risk in Boston, Northeastern Stepped in to Help. Northeastern University Community Engagement.

The Evolving Opioid Crisis. EconFact Chats.

The Opioid Tragedy, Part 2: It’s Not a Death Sentence. Freakonomics.

The Opioid Tragedy, Part 1: We’ve Addicted an Entire Generation. Freakonomics.


Demystifying the Dismal Science. Project Syndicate, July 26, 2021.

For equitable pandemic recovery, invest in summer jobs programs. The Hill, July 7, 2021.

Employers need to support summer jobs. Boston Business Journal. June 9, 2021.

Coronavirus Child-Care Crisis Will Set Women Back a Generation. Washington Post, July 29, 2020.

Innovation Will Help Us Rebuild. Boston Globe, May 17, 2020.

With Plummeting Revenues, State Should Impose a Temporary Tax Increase. Boston Globe, May 15, 2020.

Youth Employment Is Still Declining. How Summer Jobs Programs Can Help. Forbes. August 3, 2019.

On Helping Teens Get Their First Jobs. CitiesSpeak, National League of Cities. August 28, 2018.

Teens taking on new work roles but not everyone is included. The Hill. April 19, 2018.

Policy Articles

How Opioid Overdoses Reached Crisis Levels. EconoFact, November 19, 2021.

Reflections from the Reducing Inequality Convening: Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic. William T. Grant Foundation, February 2021.

Research-Policymaker COVID-19 Collaboration: Lessons from Boston’s Summer Jobs Program. American Youth Policy Forum, December 2020.

Digital Summer Youth Employment Toolkit 2.0. The Aspen Institute, December 2020.

The Importance of Childcare in Reopening the Economy. EconoFact, July 29, 2020.

States Face Daunting Budget Gaps. What Can Be Done? EconoFact, June 25, 2020.

Do Summer Youth Employment Programs Work? EconoFact. June 28, 2019.

Is the Skills Gap Real? Changes in Employer Skill Requirements During the Great Recession. EconoFact. March 8, 2019.

How Summer Jobs Programs Can Help Reduce Inequality Among Youth. William T. Grant Foundation. February 21, 2019.

Summer jobs programs: What do we know? The Brookings Institution. August 23, 2016.