"Speech and the Labor Market" with Jeffrey Grogger


The Westin Dallas/Ft.Worth Airport Hotel
4545 West John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, Texas

Event Details

How does speech affect a worker's chances in the labor market? Immigrants who speak the language of their host countries fare better than those who don't, but what about the vast majority of individuals who work in the countries where they were born? Does dialect affect workers' wages or prospects for employment, and, if so, do they respond? Do economic incentives shape behavior as basic as the way we speak? In this lecture, Jeff Grogger will discuss insights into these hitherto unstudied questions.

To learn more about Professor Grogger's research, read the Freakonomics blog post "How Much Does It Cost You in Wages if You 'Sound Black'?"


$20/person for general admission
$10/person for recent graduates (College alumni of the past ten years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Alumni Leadership, Chicago, Harper, and Phoenix Societies


Register Online

Deadline: 10/24/2014


2:00 PM-2:45 PM: Registration and Reception

2:45 PM-4:00 PM: Presentation and Discussion

Speaker Profiles

Jeffrey Grogger (Speaker)
Irving Harris Professor in Urban Policy, Chicago Harris

Jeff Grogger is the Irving Harris Professor in urban policy at Chicago Harris and a leading authority on social insurance programs and US welfare reform. An applied microeconomist, he has authored dozens of scholarly articles examining problems of low-income populations. Grogger is a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor. His work focuses on crime, education, migration, and various aspects of racial inequality.


Kelly Doody