• The purpose of the Labor Research and Evaluation grants is to build evidence around issues of importance to the Department of Labor and American public, including critical issues related to worker protection, safety and human capital development. These grants will continue to build the capacity of university-based researchers to rigorously examine these issues while building awareness and understanding of these issues among program administrators, policy makers and the public.

Project Overview:

  • Nearly $2 million was awarded to nine university grantees to support research on workforce policies and programs.
  • A wide range of topics are being explored, all with a focus on evaluating or researching a topic that has direct implications for DOL program, the labor force and the American worker.
  • All grantees will submit a final report detailing their research findings.


Labor Research and Evaluation Grantees

Principal Investigator(s), Grantee University

Project Title


Martin Wells and Erin York Cornwell, Cornell University

Criminal Record Inaccuracies and the Impact of a Record Education Intervention on Employment-Related Outcomes


Hassan Enayati, Cornell University

Initial Impact of Section 503 Rules: Understanding Good Employer Practices and the Trends in Disability Violations Among Federal Contractors


Charlotte Alexander, Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.

A Study of U.S. District Courts Misclassification Decisions, 2008-2015


Emily Breza, President and Fellows of Harvard College

The Real Effects of Electronic Wage Payments: An Experiment with Salaried Factory Workers in Bangladesh


Daniel Schneider and Kristen Harknett, The Regents of the University of California, Berkeley

Regulating Unstable and Unpredictable Work Hours in the Service Sector: Evidence from Seattle


Soo-Jeong Lee, The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco

The Impact of Safe Patient Handling Legislation on Musculoskeletal Disorders among California Health Care Workers


Roland Zullo, The Regents of the University of Michigan

Section 14(b) and the Protective Role of Unions


Mary Davis, Tufts University

The Effect of Performance Pay on US Workers Physical and Emotional Health


M.V. Lee Badgett, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Analyzing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Federal Contracts


Program Period: January 2017-November 2019

For More Information: ChiefEvaluationOffice@dol.gov