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Dr. Carol Zabin
Director of Research

Carol Zabin (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is a labor economist whose research has addressed job quality, living wages, worker training and other economic development issues in the United States and Mexico. Her current research focuses on the impact of climate change legislation and the burgeoning green economy on California's economy, workers and labor unions. Carol is leading a $1.1 million study, funded by the California Public Utilities Commission, assessing California's workforce development needs as part of the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. Carol also serves as Co-Chair of the Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy.

Past work includes a project in which Carol extensively researched and analyzed ways to alleviate the staffing crisis in California's services for those with developmental disabilities. She worked with labor, community, and business partners on a field project to improve conditions for workers in this sector. Carol has served as a research advisor to numerous unions, community organizations, and foundations on issues of workforce development reform, the role of unions in labor markets, and improving opportunities and outcomes for low-wage workers. Before joining the Labor Center, she was on the faculty at Tulane University and UCLA.

In early 2013, Carol was appointed to the executive council of the California Workforce Investment Board, where she participates in decisions about statewide workforce policy and investment. She chairs the Green Collar Jobs Council, a committee of the WIB tasked with assessing and planning for the workforce needs of the clean/green economy in California.

Areas of Expertise
• Labor and the Green Economy
• Sector Strategies for Improving Low Wage Jobs
• Labor Markets
• Workforce Development and Training
• Living Wage and Labor Standards Policies
• Paraprofessional Health & Human Service Workers
• Immigrant Workers
• Farm Workers

Recent Publications

Workforce Issues and Energy Efficiency Programs: A Plan for California's Utilities
May 2014, by Carol Zabin, Jessica Halpern-Finnerty , Megan Emiko Scott, Betony Jones, Robin Walther, Cecilia Estolano, Alex Paxton, Cynthia Guzman, Linda Collins, Anjana Richards, and Peter Simon.

Proposition 39: Jobs and Training for California's Workforce PDF
May 2013, by Carol Zabin and Megan Emiko Scott

Training for the Future: Workforce Development For a 21st Century Utility
Los Angeles's Utility Pre-Craft Trainee Program

January 2013, by Ellen Avis and Carol Zabin

Zabin, Carol; Karen Chappel, Ellen Avis and Jessica Halpern-Finnerty, et al. (2011). California Workforce Education and Training Needs Assessment for Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, and Distributed Generation. Berkeley, CA: Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy and Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California, Berkeley.

The National Center for a Clean Energy Workforce: A Scoping Study PDF
June 22, 2010, By Carol Zabin, Chris Benner, and Chris Tilly

Setting The Record Straight On AB32 And Jobs, with Lisa Hoyos, Op-Ed, San Francisco Chronicle, October 6, 2010

A Green Jobs Generator: AB 32 Won't Cost The State 3 Million Jobs, Despite Claims By Opponents, with Dave Graham-Squire, Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2010

The Impact of Climate Change Policies on Carbon-Intensive Manufacturing Industries in Oregon, PDF with Andrea Buffa and Lynn Scholl, November 2009

The Impact of Climate Change Policies on Carbon-Intensive Manufacturing Industries in Oregon, PDF with Andrea Buffa and Lynn Scholl, November 2009

The Social Benefits of Unionization in the Long-Term Care Sector, PDF With Nari Rhee, in John Logan (ed.) Academics on Employee Free Choice: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Labor Law Reform, PDF May 2009.

Addressing the Employment Impacts of AB 32, California's Global Warming Solutions Act, with Andrea Buffa, February 2009.

California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: A Background Paper for Labor Unions, August 2008.

Quality Services and Quality Jobs for Supporting Californians with Developmental Disabilities, June 2006.

Impacts of the Proposed Living Wage Ordinance for the City of Petaluma: City Employees, Contracts, Leases, Franchises, Agreements and Grants, with Sara T. L. Mayer, June 2006.

Establishing a San Francisco Taxi Driver Health Care Coverage Plan, with Rhonda Evans, Jabril Bensedrine and Ken Jacobs, March 2006.

The Wages and Self-Sufficiency of Unionized Hotel Workers in San Francisco, September 2004.

The Hidden Public Costs of Low-Wage Jobs in California, with Arindrajit Dube and Ken Jacobs, The State of California Labor 2004, University of California Institute for Labor and Employment, May 2004.

Workforce Needs in California’s Homecare System, with Eileen Boris, Gawon Chung, Linda Delp and Ruth Matthias, May 2004.

Labor Standards and Quality of Care in California’s Services for People with Developmental Disabilities, expert testimony for Plaintiffs in Sanchez v. Johnson, 2002.

Recession and Reaction: The Impact of the Economic Downturn on California Labor, with Manuel Pastor, The State of California Labor 2002, University of California Institute for Labor and Employment, 2002.

Union Organizing in California: Challenges and Opportunities, with Katie Quan and Linda Delp, The State of California Labor 2001, University of California Institute for Labor and Employment, 2001.

Curriculum Vitae

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