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CITP Luncheon Speaker Series: Alan Krueger – How Real is the Uberization of the Labor Market, and What Should be Done About It?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
12:30 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States + Google Map

This talk will not be livestreamed or videotaped.

Food and discussion begin at 12:30 pm. Open to current Princeton faculty, staff, and students. Open to members of the public by invitation only. Please contact Jean Butcher at if you are interested in attending a particular lunch.

This talk will consider the growth of work in the gig economy and other alternative forms of work. A particular focus will be placed on Uber drivers, because Uber drivers account for around two thirds of all workers in the online gig economy. Krueger will also propose a new legal classification for “independent workers,” and describe a proposal for tailoring the social contract for workers who have freedom over when to work and whether to work at all.


Alan B. Krueger is the Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He served as Chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from November 2011 to August 2013, and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. In 2009-10, he served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and in 1994-95 he served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor. He is the founding Director of the Princeton University Survey Research Center. He wrote for the New York Times Economic Scene column and Economix blog from 2000 to 2009. Krueger was named a Sloan Fellow in Economics in 1992 and an NBER Olin Fellow in 1989-90. He was editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives from 1996 to 2002. He was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 1996, a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists in 2005, and a member of the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association in 2004. Professor Krueger was awarded the Kershaw Prize by the Association for Public Policy and Management in 1997 for the most significant contributions to public policy research by someone under age 40, elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2002, and awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics in 2006. He earned a B.S. degree with honors from Cornell University in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1987.