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Advancing Equitable Access to Good Quality Jobs

Job quality is important for worker well-being. However, some occupations are not as high quality as others, and quality employment is distributed unevenly by race and gender.

Join the Urban Institute for a discussion on job quality and equity. Urban researchers will present a job quality benchmark that is linked to occupations and share findings on how Black women and men, Latinx women and men, and white women and men are represented into occupations with high and lower quality scores. The research evidence will be followed by a panel discussion with experts who will share their thoughts on how to improve job quality data, enhance the quality of occupations overall, and ensure equitable access to good employment.



  • Patrick Carey, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Current Employment Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Nzinga Hooker, Policy Director, National Black Worker Center
  • Enrique Lopezlira, Director, Low-Wage Work Program, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
  • Kavya Vaghul, Co-Founder, Translational Research Service
  • Ofronama Biu, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute (moderator) 


Support for this event is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more on Urban’s funding policies, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Date & Time Thursday, September 7, 2023

Urban Institute Speaker
  • Principal Research Associate