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At EARNCon, we will convene members from our 55 EARN groups, representing 43 states and the District of Columbia, together with grassroots organizers and labor partners, for much-needed community building after two years of isolation in the pandemic and to develop a shared agenda for state and local policymaking that prioritizes the needs of workers and their families, builds power among workers and communities, and centers Black and Brown people.

We are excited to host EARNCon in Cleveland, a city that for much of its history has been synonymous with innovation and progress. It’s the city where the term “Rock and Roll” was coined, where the first electrified public square was illuminated, and the first automobile was sold. In 1967, it became the first major city in the United States to elect a Black mayor.

During EARNCon, attendees will discuss the most pressing issues confronting workers leading into 2023, ranging from wages and labor standards to climate. The conference will provide a launch point for research and policy development that centers workers, communities of color, and women and serves to advance legislation that improves labor standards and strengthens worker power. This year, we will highlight the wave of unionization and labor organizing that has spread throughout the country and discuss what it means for state and local policymaking.

The work ahead of us is ambitious as we focus on an equitable recovery for all workers and center those that have kept our economy running through a challenging pandemic. We hope you will join us and your fellow network leaders in economics, policy, labor, academia, and community organizing to develop ideas and strategies for building worker power, improving job quality, and building equitable state and local economies.

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Pre-conference Session: Data Bootcamp

September 28 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm


  • Sebastian Hickey, Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
  • Zane Mokhiber, Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
  • Ben Zipperer, Economic Policy Institute (EPI)


Session Description

In this session, participants will use Current Population Survey (CPS) data to perform analyses in statistical software packages Stata and R.

  • Data analysis in R
    1:30 – 2:40 pm ET
    We will use R to inflation adjust minimum wage data and supplement this analysis using the EPI Current Population Survey extracts. In general we will show how to produce basic tables and graphics using data downloaded from the BLS and other public sources. Beginners are welcome, but it will help if everyone has basic familiarity with the programming concepts introduced in the R workshops at last year’s data bootcamp.
    Key concepts: Data analysis in R, inflation adjustment, EPI CPS microdata extracts
  • Introducing the new EARN code library
    2:50 – 3:10 pm ET
    EARN is excited to announce a new resource for network members: The EARN code library. The code library will make it easier for EARN researchers to share their own work and learn from analysis done by EPI and other EARN groups. In this session we will go over the components of the code library, the process for adding new projects to the repository, and the plan for launching the code library website.
  • Data analysis in Stata
    3:20 – 4:30 pm ET
    In this 70-minute module, we will run a basic analysis of BLS published statistics and Current Population Survey (CPS) microdata. This module will assume basic proficiency in Stata and will build on concepts learned in last year’s data bootcamp modules. This module will cover using published state level statistics from BLS in Stata in a “tidy” manner, supplementing these published statistics with CPS microdata to allow for more fine grain analysis, dealing with small sample sizes and data volatility over time using the CPS microdata, and finally, putting it all together to produce a presentable table and graphics.
    Key concepts: Tidy data analysis in Stata, dealing with small sample sizes, data smoothing (dealing with volatility and clumping), EPI CPS microdata extracts 


September 28
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Economic Analysis & Research Network (EARN) at Economic Policy Institute (EPI)


The Westin Cleveland Downtown
777 Saint Clair Avenue Northeast
Cleveland, OH 44114 United States
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The Economic Policy Institute would like to thank the following funders for their ongoing and generous support for the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN): 
  • Anonymous  
  • American Federation of Teachers 
  • Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust 
  • Ford Foundation  
  • International Association of Machinists  
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Kresge Foundation  
  • National Association of Letter Carriers  
  • National Education Association 
  • Marguerite Casey Foundation 
  • Omidyar Network
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Service Employees International Union 
  • Surdna Foundation 
  • United Auto Workers  
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters 
  • United Food and Commercial Workers 
  • United Steelworkers of America 
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation

EARNCon 2022

September 28-30

We are thrilled about the prospect of seeing you and hope you’ll join us this year in Cleveland at the Westin Cleveland Downtown from Wednesday, September 28 – Friday, September 30, 2022.