Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP)
DOL Scholars Program
The purpose of this project is to support the work of researchers from diverse disciplines who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research which is relevant to the Department's policy making. The research of these scholars will contribute to the Department's mission of fostering, promoting, and developing the well-being of wage earners, retirees, and job seekers.
The goals of this project are to:
- Identify promising research areas relevant to its policy formulation or execution.
- Contribute to the evidence base underlying the Department's policy development or execution.
- Shed light on particularly noteworthy aspects of labor, employment, and training policies or programs or point to novel directions for inquiry, which could inform the Department's priorities in research, evaluation, and pilot and demonstration projects.
The scholars' research will be relevant to the Department's mission of fostering, promoting, and developing the well-being of wage earners, retirees, and job seekers, including but not limited to the following:
- worker and work-place safety;
- family-work balance issues
- employer-provided health and pension plans
- effects of enforcement on employers' compliance with laws and regulations;
- child labor and workers' rights around the world;
- the changing status of women in the workforce;
- issues in labor-management relations;
- ways to enhance the return of veterans to the civilian workforce;
- strategies to remove barriers for people with disabilities in the workplace; and
- pension behavior and retirement decisions.
- employment and training;
- unemployment and its effects on individuals, families, and communities;
- factors that affect entry into and exit out of employment and attachment to the labor force.