John A. Hogan Distinguished Lecture in Economics

John A. Hogan Distinguished Lecture in Economics
Speaker at the John A. Hogan Distinguished Lecture in Economics

Dr. John A. Hogan was a UNH professor of economics and business from 1947 through 1974. He gifted the Department of Economics a fund to be used to establish a professorship and annual lecture in his name to help promote awareness and understanding of contemporary issues relevant to the welfare and productivity of the American workplace. The John A. Hogan speaker series invites a distinguished individual from academia, public policy, government, organized labor or business to speak on important U.S. labor market trends and relevant policy issues.


2024 John A. Hogan Distinguished Lecture Presents

Dr. Francine Blau is the 2024 Hogan Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Francine Blau

Is gender equality in the workplace still making progress in the U.S.? This is the question that Dr. Francine Blau, prominent Labor Economist, professor at Cornell University, and the 2024 John A. Hogan Distinguished Lecturer will explore when she presents her paper, “Gender Inequality in the Labor Market: Continuing Progress?” to the University of New Hampshire community on March 28, 2024. 

Her lecture will cover the decades post World War II when women went from increasing their participation in the labor market to, in the 1970s, increasing the number of occupations a woman could hold, to tackling the gender pay gap in the 1980s. Blau writes of this time, “cumulatively, these year-on-year increases redefined the role of market work in women’s lives.” 

From there her lecture will tackle the big question, “Is there continuing progress in gender equality in the workplace?” Dr. Blau will address the plateau in the women’s labor force in the 1990s and how the U.S. went from being a leader in the advancement of the female labor force to having one of the lowest participation rates among economically advanced nations. Her work will not only look at our history but “consider the prospects for the future, including policies that might be useful to get us back on track.”

In addition to teaching courses on Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics at Cornell University Dr.Blau is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor, the Institute for Economic Research, and the German Institute for Economic Research. 

Dr. Blau is attributed to multiple works on gender issues, wage inequality, immigration, and international comparisons of labor market outcomes. She co-authored Equal Pay in the Office and Gender, Inequality, and Wages,with Lawrence Kahn, and The Economics of Women, Men, and Work (currently in its 9th edition with Oxford University Press) with Anne Winkler. She is co-editor of The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration; The Declining Significance of Gender?; and Gender and Family Issues in the Workplace

Highlights of her impressive list of honors and awards include being the first woman to receive the prestigious IZA Prize for outstanding achievement in labor economics in 2010. She was also elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association in 2018. In 2017 Dr.Blau was awarded the Jacob Mincer Award by the Society of Labor Economists in recognition of a lifetime of contributions to the field of labor economics. 

Please Join us in welcoming Dr. Blau to MUB Theater 2 on March 28th at 3:00 p.m. with cocktail reception to follow. Please direct questions and inquiries to Dr. Reagan Baughman, John A. Hogan Distinguished Professor of Economics at reagan.baughman@unh.edu.

Past honorees of the John A. Hogan Distinguished Lecture

Dr. David Autor

2023

The Work of the Future: Where Will It Come From

David Autor presents “The Work of the Future: Where Will It Come From” in the 2023 John A. Hogan Distinguished Lecture Series. Autor is a preeminent American Economist and MIT Ford Professor and Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow. In 2020, Autor received the Heinz 25th Special Recognition Award from the Heinz Family Foundation for his work “transforming our understanding of how globalization and technological change are impacting jobs and earning prospects for American workers.”

His scholarship explores the labor-market impacts of technological change and globalization on job polarization, skill demands, earnings levels and inequality, and electoral outcomes.


In 2016, Autor presented to TedxCambridge, an independent local TED Talk event. His presentation entitled, “Will Automation Take Away All Our Jobs?” has nearly 2 million views on Ted.com. In a 2019 article, the Economist magazine labeled him as “The academic voice of the American worker.” Later that same year, and with (at least) equal justification, he was christened “Twerpy MIT Economist” by John Oliver of Last Week Tonight in a segment on automation and employment.