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Freeman, Richard B. (Richard Barry) 1943-

Works: 318 works in 1,845 publications in 6 languages and 41,539 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator, Other, Honoree, Contributor
Classifications: HD6508, 331.880973
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Most widely held works by Richard B Freeman
What do unions do? by Richard B Freeman( Book )

41 editions published between 1984 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Journal of Labor Research 20th anniversary symposium review of What Do Unions Do? offers a unique opportunity to examine how the claims made in the book have fared in ensuing research and to ponder what parts of the book I would change if I could. This paper responds to the 18 critical essays in the journal. It recognizes three major errors of omission: failure to take account of unionism outside the US; failure to analyze public sector unionism; and failure to analyze the effects of unionism on economic growth; and the problem of determining the "optimal level of unionism" on the basis of estimates of what unions do. Ensuing research has found that What Do Unions Do? correctly identified union effects on turnover, fringe benefits, earnings inequality, political action, profits, managerial flexibility and human resource management, and that wage effects vary widely. Estimates of the union effect on productivity tend to be positive but modest, ruling out negative effects on average, but not conclusively establishing positive effects. Critical comments from some of the symposium panelists notwithstanding, I believe that the bulk of the evidence supports the What Do Unions Do? claim that management opposition has been a major factor in the decline in union density in the US
What workers want by Richard B Freeman( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and Spanish and held by 993 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How would a typical American workplace be structured if the employees could design it? According to the authors of this volume, it would be an organization jointly run by employees and their supervisors, one where disputes between labour and management would be resolved through independent arbitration. Their text, based on an extensive workplace survey, provides an account of employees' attitudes about participation, representation and regulation at work
Labor economics by Richard B Freeman( Book )

28 editions published between 1972 and 1981 in 4 languages and held by 821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America works : the exceptional U.S. labor market by Richard B Freeman( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" A Russell Sage Foundation centennial volume."
The Black youth employment crisis by Richard B Freeman( Book )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years, the earnings of young blacks have risen substantially relative to those of young whites, but their rates of joblessness have also risen to crisis levels. The papers in this volume, drawing on the results of a groundbreaking survey conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, analyze the history, causes, and features of this crisis. The findings they report and conclusions they reach revise accepted explanations of black youth unemployment. The contributors identify primary determinants on both the demand and supply sides of the market and provide new information on i
Black elite : the new market for highly educated Black Americans : a report prepared for the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education by Richard B Freeman( Book )

13 editions published between 1976 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This examination of the collapse in traditional discriminatory patterns in the market for highly qualified black Americans documents the World War ii gain of college trained and related high level black workers, investigates the response of black college students and qualified personnel to the new market setting, and explores the factors that transformed the market. This book begins with an empirical analysis of the developments of the new market for highly qualified black workers. Other chapters concentrate on the transformation of the educational system that accompanied the new market, particularly the increased enrollment of blacks in colleges and universities, and the way in which black Americans responded to the new opportunities. Four other chapters examine the extent of economic change in important high level markets and evaluate the impact of governmental and related anti-discriminatory activity on the increased demand for the black elite. Results of the investigation indicate that the socioeconomic position of the black elite and other black Americans improved along many dimensions in the new market of the sixties and early seventies. The critical question that remains is whether or not the improvements of the new market are likely to continue into the future until labor market differences between comparable black and white workers are entirely eliminated. It is hoped that as the black educational and occupational structure approaches that of the whites, discrimination due to the necessity of blacks working for or with complementary discriminatory whites (one of the chief causes of economic differences, according to the standard theory) will disappear. (Author/AM)
Emerging labor market institutions for the twenty-first century by Richard B Freeman( Book )

21 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the Twenty-First Century ultimately tells a story of workers and institutions in flux, searching for ways to represent labor in the new century and its attendant new economies."--Jacket
Generating jobs : how to increase demand for less-skilled workers by Richard B Freeman( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics covered include wage subsidies and public employment, changes in modes of pay, employment regulations
The market for college-trained manpower; a study in the economics of career choice by Richard B Freeman( Book )

13 editions published in 1971 in English and German and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When public sector workers unionize by Richard B Freeman( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1980s, public sector unionism has become the most vibrant component of the American labor movement. What does this new "look" of organized labor mean for the economy? Do labor-management relations in the public sector mirror patterns in the private, or do they introduce a novel paradigm onto the labor scene? What can the private sector learn from the success of collective bargaining in the public? Contributors to When Public Sector Workers Unionize--which was developed from the NBER's program on labor studies--examine these and other questions using newly collected data on public sector labor laws, labor relations practices of state and local governments, and labor market outcomes. Topics considered include the role, effect, and evolution of public sector labor law and the effects that public sector bargaining has on both wage and nonwage issues. Several themes emerge from the studies in this volume. Most important, public sector labor law has a strong and pervasive effect on bargaining and on wage and employment outcomes in public sector labor markets. Also, public sector unionism affects the economy in ways that are different from, and in many cases opposite to, the ways private sector unionism does, appearing to stimulate rather than reduce employment, reducing rather than increasing layoff rates, and developing innovate ways to settle labor disputes such as compulsory interest arbitration instead of strikes and lockouts found in the private sector
Immigration, trade, and the labor market by John M Abowd( Book )

18 editions published between 1988 and 2007 in English and German and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Summarizes the results of an NBER Project on Immigration, Trade, and Labor."--Title page verso
Immigration and the work force : economic consequences for the United States and source areas by George J Borjas( Book )

15 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the 1970s, the striking increase in immigration to the United States has been accompanied by a marked change in the composition of the immigrant community, with a much higher percentage of foreign-born workers coming from Latin America and Asia and a dramatically lower percentage from Europe. This timely study is unique in presenting new data sets on the labor force, wage rates, and demographic conditions of both the U.S. and source-area economies through the 1980s. The contributors analyze the economic effects of immigration on the United States and selected source areas, with a focus on Puerto Rico and El Salvador. They examine the education and job performance of foreign-born workers; assimilation, fertility, and wage rates; and the impact of remittances by immigrants to family members on the overall gross domestic product of source areas. A revealing and original examination of a topic of growing importance, this book will stand as a guide for further research on immigration
Small differences that matter : labor markets and income maintenance in Canada and the United States by David E Card( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume, the first in a new series by the National Bureau of Economic Research that compares labor markets in different countries, examines social and labor market policies in Canada and the United States during the 1980s. It shows that subtle differences in unemployment compensation, unionization, immigration policies, and income maintenance programs have significantly affected economic outcomes in the two countries. For example: -Canada's social safety net, more generous than the American one, produced markedly lower poverty rates in the 1980s.-Canada saw a
Differences and changes in wage structures by Richard B Freeman( Book )

18 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing from this rich store of data, the contributors attribute changes in relative wages and unemployment among countries both to differences in labor market institutions and training and education systems, and to long-term shifts in supply and demand for skilled workers. These shifts are driven in part by skill-biased technological change and the growing internationalization of advanced industrial economies
The welfare state in transition : reforming the Swedish model by Richard B Freeman( Book )

18 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1950s and 1960s Sweden won worldwide plaudits for its efforts to gain economic equality for its citizens by offering a more rational and humane form of capitalism than more market-driven economies. But by the 1990s something had gone drastically wrong - the economy had plunged, tarnishing Sweden's position as a role model for other countries. Once viewed as an attractive capitalist system, Sweden's economy is now in transition and in trouble. How serious are Sweden's economic troubles? Have critics exaggerated the nation's long-term economic problems or misinterpreted their causes? What reforms in the welfare state and its accompanying economic institutions might help restore Sweden's economic health? Ten American economists, working in tandem with Swedish economists, address these and other questions in this timely and forward-looking volume
Youth employment and joblessness in advanced countries by David G Blanchflower( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The economic status of young people has declined significantly over the past two decades, despite a variety of programs designed to aid new workers in the transition from the classroom to the job market. This ongoing problem has proved difficult to explain. Drawing on comparative data from Canada, Germany, France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, these papers go beyond examining only employment and wages and explore the effects of family background, education and training, social expectations, and crime on youth employment. This volume brings together key studies, providing detailed analyses of
Seeking a premier economy : the economic effects of British economic reforms, 1980-2000( Book )

14 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1980s and 1990s successive British governments launched a series of reforms aimed at deregulating the economy. This collection of essays examines the impact that these reforms have had on unemployment, industrial relations, pay rates, and poverty, among other issues
Reforming the welfare state : recovery and beyond in Sweden( Book )

17 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bringing together leading economists, this book examines Sweden's policies in response to the mid-1990s crisis and the implications for the subsequent recovery. Among the issues investigated are the way changes in the labour market, tax and benefit policies, local government policy, industrial structure and more
International differences in the business practices and productivity of firms( Book )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years, globalization and the expansion of information technologies have reshaped managerial practices, forcing multinational firms to adjust business practices to different environments and domestic companies to adjust to their foreign competitors. In International Differences in the Business Practices and Productivity of Firms, a distinguished group of contributors examines the phenomenon of widespread differences in managerial practices across firms, establishments within firms, and countries. This volume brings together eight studies that combine qualitative and quantitative insid
Science and engineering careers in the United States : an analysis of markets and employment( Book )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beginning in the early 2000s, there was an upsurge of national concern over the state of the science and engineering job market that sparked a plethora of studies, commission reports, and a presidential initiative, all stressing the importance of maintaining American competitiveness in these fields. Science and Engineering Careers in the United States is the first major academic study to probe the issues that underlie these concerns. This volume provides new information on the economics of the postgraduate science and engineering job market, addressing such topics as the factors that determine
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America works : the exceptional U.S. labor marketThe Black youth employment crisisEmerging labor market institutions for the twenty-first centuryGenerating jobs : how to increase demand for less-skilled workersThe market for college-trained manpower; a study in the economics of career choiceWhen public sector workers unionizeImmigration, trade, and the labor marketImmigration and the work force : economic consequences for the United States and source areas