Labor market changes in the US have led to significant social, economic, and political turbulence over the last two decades.


Gleacher Center
450 Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:



300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage)
$8.00 after 3:00 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday for a 12-hour period
Garage: Self Park Facility
Payment: Automated; at pay-stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only.
To receive discounted rate: There is a card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. You will only need to insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. When you leave the lot you will be charged for the lower $8.00 fee.

Detailed Directions:
Garage is located next to PJ Clarks and below the AMC Theater.
a) When traveling east on Illinois cross over Columbus and enter the Garage on the left (north) side of the street
b) If driving west on Grand (north of Theater), you can enter the garage ½ block before Columbus on the left (south) side of the street.

Event Details

Labor market changes in the US have led to significant social, economic, and political turbulence over the last two decades. Wage and occupational polarization, static or declining real wages, a 30 percent decline in manufacturing employment and stark differences in regional outcomes provide the sense that some people and places are flourishing, while others struggle. These changes do not suggest trade, urbanization, or workplace automation fail to yield benefits, but rather suggest that these economic and technological phenomena have very stark distributional effects. Professor Hicks will discuss the implications of these findings and how foreign competition puts roughly one in four American jobs, across the income and educational spectrum, at risk in the coming years.


6:00 pm – 6:30 pm networking
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm presentation
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm cash bar at The Midway Club


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Deadline: 10/19/2017


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: networking

Speaker Profiles

Michael Hicks (Speaker)
George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Economics, Ball State University

Michael Hicks is the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and at Ball State University. He has held faculty positions at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Marshall University and the University of Tennessee.

His research has been reported in such places as the Economist, Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, CSPAN, CNBC, Fox Business and The Nightly Business Report.

Michael is retired from the army reserve infantry, with peacekeeping and combat service in the Middle East and Africa.


Karl L. Buschmann 

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