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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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The Equal Employment Opportunity Omission

Paper Working paper | | Dec 2016

On June 2, 1965, under a mandate established by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. Congress created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to enforce federal anti-discrimination laws related to employment. The expectation was that African Americans would be prime beneficiaries of the EEOC. There was no assumption that the EEOC, on its own, could reverse deep-rooted employment discrimination against blacks. But in the late 1960s there was optimism that, in combination with equal educational opportunity and the strong demand for unionized workers in the well-paid manufacturing jobs that marked the post-World War II decades, the EEOC could help to ensure that an ever-increasing number of blacks would ascend to the American middle class.

Skill Development and Sustainable Prosperity: Cumulative and Collective Careers versus Skill-Biased Technical Change

Paper Working paper | | Dec 2014

There is widespread and growing concern about the availability of good jobs in the U.S. economy. Inequality has been growing for thirty years and is now at levels not seen since the 1920s. Stable and remunerative employment has become harder for U.S. workers to find.