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- Causes and consequences of economic and social inequality
- Skills gaps and skills shortages
- The impact of macroeconomic policy on labor market outcomes
- The federal minimum wage and food security
Publications and Activities
Forthcoming and Recent journal articles:
- “The Male Marital Wage Differential: Race, Ability, and Training,” Economic Inquiry, Forthcoming, Fall 2009, (available on-line) (with Leslie S. Stratton).
- “Why Reduce African American Unemployment?” in The State of Black America, National Urban League, (March 2009).
- “A Decent Standard of Living,” in American Human Development Report 2008. Edited by Sarah Burd-Sharps, Kristen Lewis, and Eduardo Borges Martins, New York: Columbia University Press, (Forthcoming July 2008).
- “Econometric Decomposition,” in International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, Edited by William Darity, Jr., (Forthcoming 2008).
- “The Consequences of Recent Job Growth on Older Low-Income Workers,” in Older and Out of Work: Jobs and Social Insurance for a Changing Economy. Edited by Randall Eberts and Richard Hobbie, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, (Forthcoming 2008).
- “Understanding the Black-White Earnings Gap,” in The Color of Opportunity: Narrowing Racial Divides and Expanding Prosperity for All, Edited by Robert Kuttner and William E. Spriggs, The American Prospect, October 2008.
- "Racial Differences in the Impacts of Monetary Policy on the Duration of Unemployment," The American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, (May 2008).
- Practitioners’ Roles, Internships, and Practicum Courses in Public Policy and Management Education,” Journal of Analysis and Management, 27:4, Autumn/Fall 2008. (with Janice Madden and Robert Garris).
- "African American and White Differences in the Impacts of Monetary Policy on the Duration of Unemployment," American Economic Review, 98:2, May 2008.
- “Why should African Americans Care about Macroeconomic Policy,” in The State of Black America, National Urban League, (April 2007).
Recent books authored:
- Handbook on the Economics of Discrimination, Edited by William M. Rodgers III, North Hampton: MA: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, (May 2006).
- Prosperity for All? The Economic Boom and African Americans, Edited by William M. Rodgers III and Robert Cherry, New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation, (Summer 2000).
William M. Rodgers III is Professor of Public Policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. He is a member of the graduate faculty of Rutgers' School of Management and Labor Relations, and a senior research affiliate of the National Poverty Center, University of Michigan. In 2006, he was elected to the membership of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is Co-Chair of the Academy’s 2010 Conference, “Lessons from a Bad Economy for Jobs, Retirement, and Health Security.” From November 2009 to January 2010, Rodgers served on President Obama’s Department of Labor Transition Team.
Locally, Professor Rodgers is Vice Chair of Montgomery Township’s Planning Board and Board Chair of Somerset County’s United Way. At the state level, he served on Acting Governor Codey's pensions benefits review task force and currently is a member of Governor Corzine's commission on government efficiency and reform. At the regional level, Rodgers is a member of the United Way of America's Regional Operating Council.
Prior to coming to Rutgers, Rodgers served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2000-2001, appointed to that position by Alexis Herman, U.S. Secretary of Labor. At the time of his appointment, he was the Frances L. and Edwin L. Professor Cummings of Economics at the College of William and Mary.
Professor Rodgers' research examines issues in labor economics and the economics of social problems. Building on his edited volume, Prosperity for All (Russell Sage Foundation) and studies published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Center for American Progress, and the Upjohn Institute, he is comparing the benefits of the most recent economic expansion to previous expansions, with a particular focus on the income of minority and disadvantaged workers. Professor Rodgers' most recent book, The Handbook on the Economics of Discrimination, published by Edgar Elgar was selected by Choice, the review journal of the American Library Association, as an "Outstanding Academic Book for 2006”. His current research on racial inequality includes a study on the economic status of the New Jersey's minorities, and pieces in the National Urban League's State of Black America and American Prospect's Special Issue, The Color of Opportunity.
Rodgers' expertise is frequently called upon by journalists for articles in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Financial Times, U.S.A. Today, Business Week, and other publications. He has been a guest on NBC’s Meet the Press, CNN’s Your Money, CNBC’s Squawk Box, and CNNfn and many radio talk shows. His policy work includes testifying before the New Jersey Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee, New Jersey State Labor Committee, Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress, the Joint Sub-Committee Studying the Status and Needs of African American Males in Virginia, and serving as a consultant for the state of Virginia, the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies, and the AFL-CIO.
Rodgers serves on numerous boards. He is a Past President of the National Economic Association and is currently a member of the American Economic Association's Committee on the Status of Minorities in the Economics Profession, and runs the Association's mentoring program that seeks to increase the numbers of minorities that obtain economic doctorates. Rodgers is a member of Marc Morial’s National Urban League Council of Economic Advisors and a member of the Center for American Progress' Academic Advisory Board.
He is married to economics Professor Yana V. Rodgers of Rutgers' Women and Gender Studies Department. They have three children: Eliana, William IV, and Charles. They reside in Montgomery Township, NJ.