Philip Moss

Philip Moss is an economist and Professor in the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His research concerns the impacts of structural change in the economy and within firms on the distribution of economic opportunity. He was involved for several years in the Russell Sage/Ford/Rockefeller Foundations funded Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality doing employer based research to understand the barriers to employment of inner-minority workers. This work, co-authored with Chris Tilly, appears in, Stories Employers Tell: Race, Skill, and Hiring in America, published by the Russell Sage Foundation and as chapters in six other books. Following this work he was engaged in research, through the Rockefeller and Russell Sage Foundation’s Future of Work program, on the impacts of recent changes in corporate and industrial structure on the quality and quantity of jobs, skill development, and career opportunities for entry-level workers. This work as appeared in several journal articles and chapters in three books. More recently he has worked on a comparative study of food processing work in the US and five European countries, funded by the Ford Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation and published in a Russell Sage Foundation book. He is currently studying the expansion of lower level health care jobs in face of health care reform and an aging population and their promise as a new source of “better” jobs for minorities and immigrants.