Daniel Gitterman is the Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is also director of the Honors Carolina Seminar in Public Policy and Global Affairs (Washington, DC).
Gitterman’s research interests include: the American welfare state and politics of social policy, and the political economy of globalization and labor standards.
His book, "Boosting Paychecks: The Politics of Supporting America’s Working Poor," published by Brookings Institution Press, examines the role of federal income tax and minimum wage in supporting low-income working families in the United States. Gitterman has published on the politics of globalization and labor standards, including “European Integration and Labor Market Cooperation: A Comparative Regional Perspective” and “A Race to the Bottom, a Race to the Top or the March to a Minimum Floor? Economic Integration and Labor Standards.”
Gitterman is co-author/editor (with Peter A. Coclanis) of "A Way Forward: Building a Globally Competitive South," published by the Global Research Institute and distributed as an e-book by UNC Press, and “Moving Beyond Plato Versus Plumbing: Toward Individualized Education and Career Passways for All North Carolinians,” a discussion paper released by the Global Research Institute.
At UNC-Chapel Hill, he has received fellowships from the Institute for the Arts and Humanities (Academic Leadership Program) and the Global Research Institute (inaugural program on Globalization, the Economic Crisis and the Future of North Carolina).
He has received the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the John L. Sanders Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Service at Carolina.
In 2013, Gitterman was inducted into The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, an award bestowed by the Governor to North Carolina citizens in recognition of a proven record of service to the state.
Areas of Expertise (10)
Order of the Long Leaf Pine (professional)
Bestowed by the Governor to North Carolina citizens in recognition of a proven record of service to the state.
John L. Sanders Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (professional)
Awarded by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (professional)
Awarded by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Brown University: M.A., Ph.D., Political Science
University of Pennsylvania: M.A., Sociology
Connecticut College: B.A., Sociology, American Politics
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Through executive orders, Obama tests power as purchaser-in-chief
"Federal procurement is a powerful weapon by which American presidents attempt to expand their power and shape public policy in areas in which Congress has not acted or will not act," argues Daniel Gitterman, a professor of public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ...
Gitterman awarded Order of Long Leaf Pine
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Daniel Gitterman, associate professor of public policy in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the state’s highest honors.
University of North Carolina President Tom Ross, a recipient of the award in 1999, presented the award to Gitterman Feb. 27 on behalf of former Gov. Beverly Perdue in a ceremony at the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence in Graham Memorial.
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine was created in the mid-1960s and is given to North Carolina citizens in recognition of a proven record of service to the state.
This article addresses the policy debate over “college for all” versus “college for some” in the United States and analyzes the relationship between “some college” (as a formal education attainment category) and earnings.
Our evidence confirms—using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), the Panel Study on Income Dynamics (PSID), and the Survey on Income and Program Participation (SIPP)—that more (postsecondary) education, on average, is associated with higher median earnings. However, there is emerging evidence that a proportion of workers who have attained lower levels of education (i.e., “some college”) earn more than those who have attained higher levels of education (bachelor's degree).
As the CEO of the administrative state, the president has the procurement power to dictate the terms and conditions on which the federal government will do business with the private sector. By way of delegated statutory authority, executive order, and agency procurement and acquisition rules, the president can call the shots.
This essay explores how political processes shaped the origins and development of the federal minimum wage in the United States, attempting to impose an order and logic on that process. It offers an analytically grounded narrative that abstracts from the historical details and interprets a broad sweep of outcomes between the New Deal and the present. Rather than identifying only the preferences of the ardent minimum wage supporters (and opponents), I identify those members of an enacting coalition (including the president) or veto players whose preferences had to be taken into account for a minimum wage bargain to be struck. For each episode, the analytical narrative identifies the coalition that made the minimum wage agreement—the members of Congress among whom a bargain was struck and codified into legislation, plus (usually) the president. The narrative also determines the nature of the compromise that enabled members of an enacting coalition to adopt an increase in the minimum wage. In each instance, policymakers were “heirs” before they were choosers: The heavy hand of later New Deal history shaped subsequent political choices.
In the summer of 2009, congressional town hall events became shouting matches over health care reform, and the Medicare program found itself front and center in the political battle.
In light of the declining support for pediatric biomedical research, the Federation of Pediatric Organizations held a topic symposium at the 2009 Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting as a forum for discussion of the past and future states of funding, the rationale for directing public funds toward the understanding of child health and disease, and new programs and paradigms for promoting child health research. This report of the symposium is intended to disseminate more broadly the information presented and conclusions discussed