The Global Market of Unskilled Labor
A Research Conference
Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2013
Over the last thirty years a global shift in the nature of work and growth in the size and patterns of mobility of global migration has coincided with the erosion of labor regulations and the proliferation of informal employment across capitalist societies. These processes have contributed to the development of a hypothesis that growth in immigration, both “legal” and “illegal” coincides with growth in informal employment. At the same time, research makes an implicit connection between immigration, growth in labor market informality, and negative socio-economic outcomes for immigrant receiving societies. This connection between immigrants and the downgrading of labor markets has become particularly salient in policy deliberations across the globe. Yet, little remains known about the global flows of unskilled workers. Collectively, the stability and vitality of economies and labor markets depends on the ability to better understand the formation, dynamics, outcomes experienced by, as well as the theoretical and practical implications of this labor flow so as to aid in the design of effective policy that promotes economic and social development for all members of society.
This conference aims to stimulate research and discussion on the formation, dynamics, and consequences of the participation of migrants in the emerging global informal economy; as well as the economic, political, and social implications that such participation presents for migrant receiving and sending societies. Presentations will address a variety of issues, including: global trends in migration and the informal economy, socioeconomic integration, and sectoral panels focused on migrants engaged in informal employment in the construction, agriculture, and service industries.
We invite you to attend this conference and join us in discussing the connections between migration, informal employment, and public policy in ways that will move this topic forward in new and exciting ways.
Attendance is free. Registration is required to attend any portion of the conference.
Please contact hotel directly and request a university rate.
Hyatt Place UC Davis
173 Old Davis Road Extension - Davis, CA 95616 / Phone: +1 (530) 756-9500
Aggie Inn, an Ascend Hotel
245 First Street - Davis, CA 95616 / Phone: +1 (530) 756-0352
Best Western Plus Palm Court Hotel
234 D Street - Davis, CA 95616 / Phone: +1 (855) 238-1589
Best Western University Lodge
123 B Street - Davis, CA, 95616 / Phone: +1 (530) 756-7890
This conference is made possible by the generous support of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis. Additional support provided by Community and Regional Development, a division of Human Ecology; Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities and Arts Program, “Managing Temporary Migrations: California, the U.S., and the World” Cluster; Gifford Center for Population Studies, UC Cooperative Extension; Center for Poverty Studies; and Center for Regional Change.
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