Economist Ghilarducci to provide congressional testimony

by Dennis Brown

Teresa Ghilarducci, associate professor of economics and director of the Higgins Labor Research Center at the University of Notre Dame, will testify Thursday (Jan. 31) at a congressional oversight meeting on current economic conditions and pension law.p. Scheduled from 9-11 a.m. at Ivy Tech State College in South Bend, the meeting has been convened by U.S. Reps. Tim Roemer, D-South Bend, and George Miller, D.-Calif., senior members of the House Education and Workforce Committee.p. Ghilarducci and other economic experts and local leaders will testify on the challenges facing Indiana workers in the context of the recession and changing U.S. economy. Specific topics will include federal policy relating to unemployment assistance, job training, pension security, and the concerns of young workers, working women, and working families.p. Ghilarducci was appointed by former President Clinton to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s advisory board, and she also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Indiana Public Employees Pension Board. She has testified before congressional committees on six occasions since 1994 on the issue of retirement income security.p. A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1983, Ghilarducci is the author of “Labor’s Capital: The Economics and Politics of Private Pensions” and co-author of “Portable Pension Plans for Casual Labor Markets: Lessons from the Operating Engineers Central Pension Fund.”p. The oversight meeting is open to the news media and general public.

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