Insight and strategies to build an inclusive and sustainable workforce by recognizing the skills and potential of STARs

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Working towards an inclusive labor market

Our original research explores the drivers of STARs economic mobility to identify the skills, jobs, and practices that can open promising pathways to STARs.

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Featured Research

Reach for the STARs

Realizing the Potential of America’s Hidden Talent Pool

More than 70 million workers are Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs).  More than 30 million STARs have the skills today to perform higher-wage work.

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Black Stars

Six Million Black STARs have the skills for higher-wage work right now

Millions of Black STARs have the experience employers need. Skills-based hiring of these workers can help businesses fill open roles with high-quality Black talent and help us achieve an equitable recovery.

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Navigating with the STARs

Reimagining Equitable Pathways to Mobility

STARs have the skills for higher wage work but their pathways to economic mobility are blocked.  We identify the jobs that can open opportunity for STARs.

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STAR Research Community

Activating a collaborative community of researchers

We conduct our own research, but that’s only the beginning. We also seek out and encourage the participation of research partners and collaborators.

Our goal? To inspire others to pursue new researchand question conventional wisdom on our workers, talent management practices, and workforce development. Over time, the available data and insights will multiply, delivering answers to every question that’s at the heart of economic mobility for STARs.

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Peter Q. Blair, Tomas G. Castagnino, Erica L. Groshen, Papia Debroy, Byron Auguste, Shad Ahmed, Fernando Garcia Diaz & Cristian Bonavida

Searching for STARs: Work Experience as a Job Market Signal for Workers without Bachelor’s Degrees

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Peter Q. Blair, Papia Debroy & Justin Heck

Skills, Degrees & Labor Market Inequality

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McCann, Jones-Rooy, Nelson, Blair

Panelists from New York University, the University of Southern California, Stanford University and Harvard University produced 4 novel papers with important findings to support STARs’ equitable recovery across the policy lifecycle. 

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STARs Insights Advisory Panel

Our STARs Insights Initiative Advisory Panel is chaired by Dr. Erica Groshen, former Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and includes advisors with experience in labor economics, workforce development and the future of work across the public, private, and academic sectors.

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    Erica Groshen

    Former Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics
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    Peter Q. Blair

    Assistant Professor, Harvard University
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    Chandra Childers

    Study Director, Institute for Women's Policy Research
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    Martin Fleming

    Former Chief Economist, IBM
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    Michael Strain

    Director of Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

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