Widely regarded as the best, most comprehensive text available for the in-depth study of labor market theories, this textbook calls upon excellent pedagogical elements and empirical research to introduce students to labor economics. The authors' balanced approach to the material enables students to gain an understanding of the background of the field as they explore its latest developments and unique topics not covered in most competing texts. Intended as the basic text for an undergraduate course in labor economics or labor relations, this book also is suitable as a survey or reference text for a graduate level course.
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Bruce E. Kaufman is Professor of Economics and Senior Associate of the W.T. Beebe Institute of Personnel and Employment Relations at Georgia State University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Professor Kaufman has authored several dozen articles on labor markets, industrial relations, and human resource management in scholarly journals and has written or edited eight books. His book, The Origins and Evolution of the Field of Industrial relations in the United States, won the "Best book in Labor Economics and Industrial relations" award in 1992. Professor Kaufman's research interests include wage determination, the economics of firm employment practices, labor law, collective bargaining, behavioral and institutional economics, and the history of thought in labor economics.
Julie L. Hotchkiss is Associate Professor of Economics in the School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She received her B.A. degree from Willamette University and her Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University in 1989. Professor Hotchkiss has recently served as Associate Policy Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She has published numerous articles in a wide range of journals including The Journal of Macroeconomics, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Economic development and Cultural Change, Urban Studies, and Review of Economics and Statistics, on topics such as the relationship among state-level unemployment rates, labor supply behavior and welfare of two-earner families, the impact of unemployment insurance programs on individual job search behavior, and wage determination of part-time workers. Current research projects include the labor market impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the impact of intermittent labor market activity on earnings of both men and women, and using state administrative data to explore worker and firm dynamics across the business cycle.
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