• Lunch and Learn with the Ohio Education Research Center

    The Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) invites you to join fellow students, faculty and staff in the John Glenn College's LEC Training Room at noon on December 3rd to learn about a recent OERC research project.

    The OERC’s Dr. Tian Lou will present, “How do apprenticeships benefit young workers? An Evaluation of Registered Apprenticeship Programs in Ohio”

    Pizza and beverages will be provided (or bring your own lunch).

    Walk-ins are welcome, but if you can, please register here so we can get a head-count for lunch.


    Presentation Abstract: In this project, we investigate how less-educated and less-experienced workers in Ohio benefit from registered apprenticeships. We focus on 18-24-year-old males. Regression results show that compared to individuals who have similar pre-program educational backgrounds but little or no job training, apprentices have significantly higher earnings for at least nine years after program entry. Apprenticeship completion is associated with 40 percent higher earnings. Two factors may explain the impact of apprenticeship programs. First, apprentices acquire work experience during their training. Second, completers receive a nationally recognized certificate, which signals that they have high productivity to potential employers. In future research, we will examine the relative importance of training vs certificates in determining apprentices’ earnings by using a discrete choice dynamic model, in which individuals make apprenticeship participation and completion decisions based on how their decisions affect their future earnings. You can access Dr. Lou’s presentation here.

  • Future of Work Study

    The Ohio Education and Research Center (OERC) at The Ohio State University's John Glenn College of Public Affairs will begin research to identify skills needed for careers of tomorrow. Sponsored by the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio, Smart Columbus and the United Way of Central Ohio, OERC will research future employment opportunities for central Ohio residents in industries related to intelligent transportation systems, electrification, internet of things, financial services and healthcare. It will also address the skills needed to fill those jobs, and gaps in current local training programs. Kickoff of the research program was held at SMART Columbus' office on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

    “Transformative change happening in the mobility industry has the potential to help our residents get to work more reliable and affordable. It also has the potential to create more jobs in our region,” said Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “This research is an important component of the Smart Columbus initiative that will help us create training opportunities to give our residents the skills they need to thrive in a changing world and workforce.”

    OERC has partnered with Regionomics and Essentia Strategy Group to provide additional research identifying current and future gaps between the supply of qualified workers required to meet the employment needs of area businesses.

    The OERC team will consist of Josh Hawley, principal investigator; Julie Maurer, project manager; Kristin Harlow, research associate and Lina Osorio Copete, research associate. Consultants on the team are Bill LaFayette from Regionomics, Sarah Lee and Y’Nesha Schaffer both from the Essentia Strategy Group.

    The Future of Work research is funded through the Smart Cities Challenge grant awarded to the City of Columbus by the Paul G. Allen Philanthropies, United Way of Central Ohio, and the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio. Findings from the report are slated to be released in late fall.

  • New Research Publication

    The OERC's Julie Maurer and Josh Hawley, and John Glenn College of Public Affairs alumnus, Hyungjo Hur, have a new paper — "The role of education, occupational match on job satisfaction in the behavioral and social science workforce" — published in Human Resource Development Quarterly.
  • Applied Data Analytics Training at The Ohio State University

    The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio is hosting the Winter, 2019 Coleridge Initiative Applied Data Analytics training program, sponsored by the Overdeck Family Foundation. Participants will work in teams to define and complete a project related to Transitions in Education and Workforce. The program will provide up-to-date perspective on the use of administrative data for policy analysis, and instruction on how to manage and analyze micro data according to best practices. Instructors will facilitate hands-on coding of micro data in SQL and Python for the following tasks: data management, record linkage, data visualization, and machine learning.
  • Ohio's Evidence-Based Clearinghouse

    The OERC collaborated with the Ohio Department of Education to develop Ohio’s Evidence-Based Clearinghouse, an online tool intended to empower Ohio’s districts with the knowledge, tools and resources that will help them identify, select and implement evidence-based strategies for improving student success.
  • Making the Case for Workforce Development

    The OERC’s Director, Josh Hawley, was recently featured in a video, “Making the Case for Workforce Development” produced by Kansas City PBS station, KCPT as a part of its participation in the national American Graduate: Getting to Work project.
  • New Working Paper

    The National Bureau of Economic Research recently released a new working paper by OERC collaborators, Valerie Bostwick, a post-doctoral researcher in economics at The Ohio State University, and Bruce Weinberg, a professor of economics and public administration at The Ohio State University. The paper, “Nevertheless She Persisted? Gender Peer Effects in Doctoral STEM Programs” studies the environment in STEM doctoral programs and the effect on gender differences in Ph.D. persistence and completion. The paper suggests that women's success in STEM Ph.D. programs has much to do with having female peers, especially in their first year in graduate school.
  • New Research Publication

    The OERC’s Director, Josh Hawley, was a co-author on a recent study with, Navid Ghaffarzadefan, Ran Xu, and Richard Larson, “Symptoms versus Root Causes: A Needed Structural Shift in Academia to Help Early Careers,” that was published in BioScience, the Journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.




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