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Vernon Briggs Jr. : Biography

Vernon M. Briggs Jr. was born in Washington D.C. and spent his first 22 years living in the Maryland suburbs. He attended the University of Maryland where he majored in economics and was elected president of the student government association during his senior year. Upon graduation in 1959, he undertook graduate studies in labor economics at Michigan State University where he received an M.A. degree in 1960 and a Ph.D. degree in 1965. 

Professor Briggs is married and has two sons. While at Michigan State, he began his teaching career as a graduate teaching assistant and then as an assistant instructor of economics. In the Fall of 1964, he joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin as an assistant professor of economics. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor economics in 1968 and to professor of economics in 1972.

In 1974 Vernon received the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence awarded by the EX -Students Association of the University of Texas. He became a member of the faculty of the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in 1978 as a professor who specializes in human resource economics and public policy.

Over the years Professor Briggs' research has embraced such subjects as minority participation in apprenticeship training; southern rural labor market analysis; direct job creation strategies, Chicano employment issues; and immigration policy and the American labor force. In addition to the extensive publications of his research, he has served as a member of the National Council on Employment Policy as well as on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public and Private Ventures (Philadelphia) and the Center for Immigration Studies (Washington D.C.). He has also served on the editorial boards of such professional journals as the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the Journal of Human Resources, The Texas Business Review, and the Journal of Economic Issues.

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