Carol Zabin

research director, Center for Labor Research & Education

Carol Zabin is a labor economist whose research has addressed low-wage labor markets, labor standards, workforce development, and other economic development issues in the U.S. and Mexico. Her current research focuses on the impact of climate and clean-energy policy on California's economy, workers, and labor unions. Rabin led two comprehensive studies for the California Public Utilities Commission: Workforce Issues and Energy Efficiency Programs: A Plan for California's Utilities (2014) and the California Workforce Education and Training Needs Assessment for Energy Efficiency, Distributed Generation, and Demand Response (2011). Zabin also serves as chair of the Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy. In 2013, she was appointed to the executive council of the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) and chairs the Green Collar Jobs Council. Before joining the Labor Center, she was on the faculty at Tulane University and UCLA. She earned her Ph.D. at Berkeley.