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 focuses on the ongoing economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis in New York City, and an analysis of the magnitude of gig and other low-paid independent contract work in New York State. Parrott co-authored, along with UC Berkeley’s Michael Reich, the policy analysis report supporting the first-in-the-nation minimum pay standard for app-dispatched drivers in New York City and a similar study for the City of Seattle. Other recent work includes an account of how starting pay salary parity was achieved in 2019 in NYC’s early childhood education sector and an analysis of NYS’s workers’ compensation system. He also recently served on the New York City Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform. Parrott has a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master’s and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts.