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News Release

US Labor Department awards nearly $2M to support university-based labor research, evaluation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the award of $1.97 million for nine Labor Research and Evaluation Grants to support university-based research of workforce policies and programs.

These grants will help to increase awareness and build the capacity of the American people to understand critical issues related to Labor Department programs, the labor force and the American worker. The grants, administered by the department’s Chief Evaluation Office, will fund research and evaluation on a variety of important topics that will provide insight into labor policies and programs for the benefit of the general public and program administrators.

“Research and evaluation are critical to understanding the impact of the department’s programs and policies on the American public,” said Chief Evaluation Officer Molly Irwin. “These grants further our goals of supporting rigorous, independent research to understand the effectiveness of our programs and activities.”

The Chief Evaluation Office coordinates, manages and implements the department’s evaluation program and is committed to high-quality independent evaluations. For more information please visit:

The grantees and amount of each award are as follows:

Grantee University

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Cornell University

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


Cornell University

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


Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.

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


President and Fellows of Harvard College

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


The Regents of the University of California, Berkeley

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


The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco

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


The Regents of the University of Michigan

Section 14(b) and the Protective Role of Unions


Tufts University

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


University of Massachusetts Amherst

Analyzing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Federal Contracts


Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy
January 12, 2017
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Media Contact: Joe Versen
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