Philip Moss is a professor in the Department of Economics and Co-Director of the Economics and Social Development of Regions program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is an economist by training and teaches courses in local and regional development, public policy, organizational development, and research methods. As a researcher he works primarily on the impacts of structural change in the economy and within firms on the distribution of economic opportunity. He is particularly interested in opportunities for different race and gender groups, on the fate of low wage workers and low wage jobs, and on changing skill needs and skill development strategies of firms.

Before coming to the University of Massachusetts Lowell, he taught at Boston University, was a staff analyst for the Special Assistant to the U.S. Department of Labor, a Brookings Institution policy fellow at the U.S. Department of Labor, and a research fellow at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Paper Working Paper | | May 2021

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Employment Mobility and the Belated Emergence of the Black Middle Class

Paper Working Paper Series | | Jan 2021

“Build back” means restoring the government and business investments in the productive capabilities of the U.S. labor force that created a growing middle class in the three decades after World War II

There Can Be No Equality Without a Dramatic Renewal of Employment Opportunity for All American Workers

Article | Jul 16, 2020

To fulfill MLK’s vision of jobs and freedom for Black Americans, Washington must rein in corporate greed