Economic Development Quarterly (EDQ) is seeking research manuscripts for a special issue highlighting economic development and workforce policies that increase earnings and advance the careers of workers in low-wage services sectors. EDQ and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research are seeking high-quality research that would advance our understanding of the factors that impact the current and future earning potential of individuals in low-wage services jobs positions.

Papers must address key issues and suggest policy implications that inform human resources practices as well as domestic U.S. or state/local workplace policies or practices. Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Topic ideas with abstract/outline must be emailed to by August 25, 2017.

We are requesting interested authors to submit a 1 to 2-page abstract/outline of the proposed research. EDQ editors Timothy Bartik and George Erickcek will invite selected authors to participate in a one-day roundtable discussion at the W.E. Upjohn Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan in mid-October, where they will present preliminary dimensions of their research and receive feedback from invited discussants. Transportation and lodging will be paid for the selected authors.

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