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Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the Twenty-First Century (National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report)

Richard B. Freeman (Editor), Joni Hersch (Editor), Lawrence Mishel (Editor)

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Description

Private sector unionism is in decline in the United States. As a result, labor advocates, community groups, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals concerned with the well-being of workers have sought to develop alternative ways to represent workers' interests. Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the Twenty-First Century provides the first in-depth assessment of how effectively labor market institutions are responding to this drastically altered landscape.

This important volume provides case studies of new labor market institutions and new directions for existing institutions. The contributors examine the behavior and impact of new organizations that have formed to solve workplace problems and to bolster the position of workers. They also document how unions employ new strategies to maintain their role in the economic system. While non-union institutions are unlikely to fill the gap left by the decline of unions, the findings suggest that emerging groups and unions might together improve some dimensions of worker well-being. Emerging Labor Market Institutions is the story of workers and institutions in flux, searching for ways to represent labor in the new century.


Praise For Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the Twenty-First Century (National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report)

"The question of the ability of unions to survive in their current form and pursue their current objectives is an important one. This terrific collection . . . addresses a range of issues clearly and without overt partisanship, yet also represents the viewpoint of workers. . . . Highly recommended."


— Choice

"The editors of this excellent volume select a varied mix of institutions and topics through which contributing authors attempt to discern the future. . . . At a minimum, readers of this volume will come away with a deeper understanding of how current institutions . . . operate in today's labor market. I suspect that the volume accomplishes more, however, identifying some of the more important sources from which future labor market institutions will emerge."
— Barry Hirsch

University of Chicago Press, 9780226261577, 296pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2005



About the Author

Richard B. Freeman is the Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.