Labor Econ is a consultancy focusing on labor market demographic analyses. Understanding labor markets and their changes can help public officials at all levels of government in determining what policies will best serve their respective communities. For those running for office, at any level of government, an understanding of the labor market and its changing demographics can be indispensable in fashioning a message that connects and resonates with those communities they seek to serve. It can be the basis for fashioning a winning electoral strategy. As an example, an analysis of certain state labor markets explains why some blue states in 2016 flipped red. Labor Econ can provide customized profiles of the nation, the states, and localities.
As both income and wage inequality have become hot button political issues in recent decades, Labor Econ can provide customized studies of income and wage inequality in various communities based on census data or whatever other data clients can make available. Labor Econ can analyze that data utilizing the most sophisticated statistical techniques, explaining the implications, especially the growth in inequality, for the political community in terms of civic engagement, polarization, and threats to democratic institutions.
Labor Econ can also provide analyses of specific public policies to clients in both the public and private sectors, as well as non-profits, who have specific needs to understand how particular policies, and changes in policies, will affect them and their respective operations and/or services
Oren M. Levin-Waldman, Ph.D.
Oren M. Levin-Waldman is a labor economist who specializes in labor market profiling and demographic analysis. A Research Scholar at the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, he has been on the faculty at The New School, Marist, Bard, and several other institutions over the years. Among his academic appointments, he held the Henry J. Raimondo Endowed Chair in Urban Research and Public Policy at New Jersey City University, and was for many years a Resident Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College, where he also taught public policy. Additionally he served as a consultant to both Public/Private Ventures and the Community Services Society of New York, having conducted a study of New York City's labor market, with specific emphasis on income inequality. He specializes in public policy and political economy, with strong interest in political philosophy, and has written extensively on policy issues ranging from welfare reform and workforce development to labor market issues including unemployment insurance, the minimum wage, and other issues relating to income security.
He is the author of several books, including: Understanding Public Policy in the U.S. (Top Hat 2019): Restoring the Middle Class through Wage Policy: Arguments for a Minimum Wage (Palgrave Macmillan f 2018: The Minimum Wage: A Reference Handbook(ABC-CLIO 2016); Wage Policy, Income Distribution, and Democratic Theory(Routledge 2011); The American Constitution(Bridgepoint Education Co. 2011); The Political Economy of the Living Wage: A Study of Four Cities(M.E. Sharpe 2005); The Case of the Minimum Wage: Competing Policy Models(State University of New York Press 2001); Reconceiving Liberalism: Dilemmas of Contemporary Liberal Public Policy(University of Pittsburgh Press 1996); and Plant Closure, Regulation, and Liberalism: The Limits to Liberal Public Philosophy(University Press of America 1992).
He has been published in Policy Sciences, Review of Social Economy,Forum for Social Economics, Journal of Economic Issues, Challenge, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Public Affairs Quarterly, Review of Policy Research, Regional Labor Review, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations (AILR), Journal of Socio-Economics, and the Journal of Workplace Rightsas well as having written several applied public policy studies. He is also on the editorial boards of Perspectives on Work, a publication of the Labor Employment Relations Association (LERA) and the Regional Labor Review published by the Center for Labor and Democracy at Hofstra University. Levin-Waldman was also an NEH Summer Humanities Fellow at Princeton University.
Levin-Waldman has made several media appearances, including Al-Jazeera America, CBS Up to the Minute, Fox News, The New York Times, the BBC’s Up All Night,and local National Public Radio station affiliates. He is also a regular guest on Westchester on the Level, a blog/talk radio show.
Additionally, he has made presentations at Brown University as part of the Thomas J. Anton/Fred Lippitt lecture series, the University of Zurich, and at the Seminar on Political Economy and Contemporary Social Issues at Columbia University.
Levin-Waldman holds a Ph.D. in political science from Temple University.