James A. Parrott

Director of Economic and Fiscal Policies

The New School Center for NYC Affairs

James A. Parrott is Director of Economic and Fiscal Policies at the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School. Parrott’s recent research projects include analyses of the economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis in New York City, and of the magnitude of gig and other low-paid independent contract work in New York State. He has studied the effect of New York’s $15 minimum wage and pay inequities in the nonprofit New York City contract workforce. Parrott co-authored, along with Michael Reich of the University of California, Berkeley, the analysis that led to New York City’s first-in-the-nation minimum pay standard for app-dispatched drivers.  In July 2020, Parrott and Reich released a similar study commissioned by the City of Seattle. Together with Dmitri Koustas of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, they are analyzing the effects of the New York City minimum pay standard.