Government Unions in the United States

Government Unions

Thursday, October 13th - Friday, October 14th, 2011


This conference is organized by Max Schanzenbach, Director, Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth and Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, and John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law.

The goal of this conference is to foster the study of the broad effects of public sector unions on state and local government in the United States. To this end, the conference will (1) generate research on public sector unions in the United States; (2) create a forum for a discussion of the research across a broad group of interdisciplinary scholars; and (3) disseminate the research to both the academic community, journalists, and policy makers, both legislative and executive.


  • Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Andrew G. Biggs, Resident Scholar, The American Enterprise Institute
  • Barry Bluestone, Russell B. and Andree B. Stearns Trustee Professor of Political Economy; Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy; Dean in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University
  • David Crane, Lecturer, Stanford University Regent, University of California and Former Special Advisor for Jobs and Economic Growth, Office of the Governor, State of California
  • Daniel DiSalvo, Assistant Professor of Political Science, The City College of New York
  • Cynthia Estlund, Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
  • Samuel Estreicher, Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law and Director, Center for Labor and Employment Law, New York University School of Law
  • Richard B. Freeman, Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics, Harvard University and Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School.
  • Barry Hirsch, W.J. Usery Chair of the American Workplace, Department of Economics and Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
  • Richard Hynes, Professor of Law and Director, John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Thomas A. Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, Professor of Engineering Systems and Co-director, Institute for Work and Employment Research, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • E.J. McMahon, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Empire Center for NYS Policy,
  • Amy B. Monahan, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Law School
  • David Neumark, Professor of Economics and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Economics, University of California-Irvine
  • Robert Novy-Marx, Assistant Professor of Finance, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester
  • Joshua Rauh, Associate Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Max Schanzenbach, Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • David Skeel, S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law