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Wolff, Edward N.

Works: 255 works in 782 publications in 2 languages and 17,014 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  History  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Author of introduction, Honoree
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Most widely held works by Edward N Wolff
Convergence of productivity : cross-national studies and historical evidence by William J Baumol( )

19 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a comprehensive study of the current state of knowledge of the convergence hypothesis. The hypothesis asserts that at least since the Second World War, and perhaps for a considerable period before that, the group of industrial countries was growing increasingly homogeneous in terms of levels of productivity, technology and per capita incomes. In addition, there was general catch up toward the leader country, the United States, throughout most of the pertinent period."--BOOK JACKET. "Convergence of Productivity examines patterns displayed by individual industries within countries as well as the aggregate economies, various influences that underlie the process of convergence, and the role that convergence has played and promises to play in the future of the newly industrialized nations and the less developed countries. Much of the analysis is set in a historical perspective, with particular attention paid to the record following World War II. The editors conclude that increasing productivity is the key to raising living standards in a globalized marketplace."--BOOK JACKET. "Comprising the work of some of the most distinguished scholars in the field, Convergence of Productivity constitutes a major contribution to the convergence debate and should be read by all economists, as well as economic historians, government policy makers, and scholars of public administration."--BOOK JACKET
Downsizing in America : reality, causes, and consequences by William J Baumol( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Downsizing in America offers a range of compelling hypotheses to account for adoption of downsizing as an accepted business practice. In the short run, many companies experiencing difficulties due to decreased sales, cash flow problems, or declining securities prices reduced their workforces temporarily, expanding them again when business conditions improved. The most significant trigger leading to long-term downsizing was the rapid change in technology. Companies rid themselves of their least skilled workers and subsequently hired employees who were better prepared to work with new technology, which in some sectors reduced the size of firms at which production is most efficient." "Baumol, Blinder, and Wolff also reveal what they call the dirty little secret of downsizing: it is profitable in part because it holds down wages. Downsizing in America shows that reducing employee rolls increased profits, since downsizing firms spent less money on wages relative to output but it did not increase productivity. Nor did unions impede downsizing. The authors show that unionized industries were actually more likely to downsize in order to eliminate expensive union labor. In sum, downsizing transferred income from labor to capital - from workers to owners." "Downsizing in America combines an investigation of the underlying realities and causes of workforce reduction with an insightful analysis of the consequent shift in the balance of power between management and labor, to provide us with a deeper understanding of one of the major economic shifts of recent times - one with far-reaching implications for all American workers."--Jacket
Competitiveness, convergence, and international specialization by David Dollar( )

17 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 1,702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The transformation of the American pension system : was it beneficial for workers? by Edward N Wolff( )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An analysis that identifies the weaknesses in the current private pension system and offers practical, policy-based solutions aimed at strengthening the system, thereby making retirement a less daunting prospect for workers relying on 401k plans as a key source of retirement income and wealth. Wolff also recognizes the importance of Social Security to these workers and suggests ways of strengthening it as well. From publisher description
Does education really help? : skill, work, and inequality by Edward N Wolff( )

18 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book challenges the conventional wisdom that greater schooling and skill improvement leads to higher wages, that income inequality falls with wider access to schooling, and that the Information Technology revolution will re-ignite worker pay. Indeed, the econometric results provide no evidence that the growth of skills or educational attainment has any statistically significant relation to earnings growth or that greater equality in schooling has led to a decline in income inequality. Results also indicate that computer investment is negatively related to earnings gains and positively associated with changes in both income inequality and the dispersion of worker skills. The findings reports here have direct relevance to ongoing policy debates on educational reform in the U.S."--Publisher's description
What has happened to the quality of life in the advanced industrialized nations? by Edward N Wolff( )

17 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The contributors to this volume investigate to what extent welfare has increased in the United States over the postwar period and provide a rigorous examination of both conventional measures of the standard of living." "This volume answers the question posed by the title and will be of interest to economists, sociologists, policymakers and policy analysts, as well as students of these fields."--Jacket
Productivity and American leadership : the long view by William J Baumol( Book )

23 editions published between 1989 and 1994 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analisi: ECONOMIE NAZIONALI. America del Nord : USA. POLITICA CONGIUNTURALE. Misure e strumenti. POLITICA STRUTTURALE. In generale
Top heavy : the increasing inequality of wealth in America and what can be done about it by Edward N Wolff( Book )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Top Heavy provides the clearest picture available of the growing gap between rich and poor in America, and a compelling proposal to help correct it. In the second part of the book, Wolff examines the varying wealth taxes in Europe and proposes a progressive alternative to the "flat tax" for the United States - a Swiss-style, direct wealth tax that would raise about $40 billion per year. Top Heavy is a compelling argument for reaffirming the principle that taxation should be based on ability to pay and a persuasive plan for correcting some of the vast and growing inequities in American society
Inheriting wealth in America : future boom or bust? by Edward N Wolff( )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inheritances are often regarded as a great 'evil', enabling great fortunes to be passed from one generation to another, exacerbating wealth inequality, and reducing wealth mobility. Using data from the Survey of Consumer Finances, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, and a simulation model over years 1989 to 2010, the author reports six major findings
Assets for the poor : the benefits of spreading asset ownership( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Growth, accumulation, and unproductive activity : an analysis of postwar U.S. economy by Edward N Wolff( Book )

24 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book documents the growth of unproductive activity in the United States economy since World War II and its relation to the economic surplus, capital accumulation, and economic growth. Unproductive activities broadly consist of those involved in the circulation process, including wholesaling and retailing, banking and financial services, advertising, legal services, business services and many (though not all) government activities. The results indicate that the level of unproductive activity in the postwar economy has been a significant factor in the slowdown in the rate of capital accumulation, productivity growth and the overall growth rate. Here, the villain is shown to be the gradual but persistent shift of resources to unproductive activities. The consequence has been a reduction in new capital formation and productivity growth and an erosion in the rate of growth in per capita living standards. Moreover, the rise in unproductive activity is itself seen to be rooted in the logic of advanced capitalism. The forces of competition, which in the early stages of capitalism lead to rapid technical change and productivity growth, promote non-productive and even counterproductive activities in its more advanced stages
Top heavy : a study of the increasing inequality of wealth in America by Edward N Wolff( Book )

8 editions published between 1 and 1996 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Twentieth Century Fund report."
International perspectives on household wealth( )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book analyses the latest data available on household wealth using, as case studies, the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Finland over the 1990s and into the 21st century
International comparisons of the distribution of household wealth by Edward N Wolff( Book )

11 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A century of wealth in America by Edward N Wolff( Book )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward Wolff, one of the country's leading experts on household wealth, here provides a comprehensive study of wealth in America since 1910. The century brought shifting patterns in the ownership of wealth; Wolff explains the changes, offers ideas about how to reduce inequality, and explores issues in how to measure wealth in the first place. A Century of Wealth in America is not designed to advance one overarching argument; rather, its aim is to provide in one place the accurate information needed to consider many arguments. Still, Wolff presents no fewer than ten major findings in its pages. One of these is that median household wealth has recently returned to the levels of 1969. Another is that the average wealth of black families relative to white families has slipped significantly in recent years, after thirty years of stability. A third finding: the US has changed since 1950 from being one of the most equal countries in the developed world to being one of the most class-ridden. For many readers the book will serve as a complement to Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century. But while it reinforces Piketty's argument in many ways, it concentrates on wealth (as opposed to income), for example, and says much more about the poor. Wolff's ideas are also different than Piketty's on issues of inheritance (he's less worried about it) and the relationship between r (the rate of return to capital) and g (the overall rate of economic growth). He argues that inequality rises if r for the top one percent is greater than r for the middle class. Finally, thanks to its focus on America, the book provides much more fine-grained detail about the country, not least about the demographics of wealth and poverty.--
Poverty and prosperity in the USA in the late twentieth century( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 1980s witnessed an unprecedented rise in inequality and poverty in the USA, despite a sustained expansion, which raises concerns about the appropriate policy actions needed to offset it. The papers collected in this volume explore the differing aspects of this problem such as the shrinkage of the middle class, the growing intergenerational wealth gap, the widening of the earnings gap between the college-educated and the high-school graduate, and the increasing dispersion of the distribution of family income, despite the increased labor force participation of women. The contributors also discuss the measurement issues involved in defining the poverty status, considering the earnings capacity, the health status and other more direct indicators of the living conditions of families
Trade and inequality : a review of the literature by Edward N Wolff( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Productivity convergence : theory and evidence by Edward N Wolff( Book )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A vast new literature on the sources of economic growth has now accumulated. This book critically reviews the most significant works in this field and summarizes what is known today about the sources of economic growth. The first part discusses the most important theoretical models that have been used in modern growth theory as well as methodological issues in productivity measurement. The second part examines the long-term record on productivity among Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, considers the sources of growth among them with particular attention to the role of education, investigates convergence at the industry level among them, and examines the productivity slowdown of the 1970s. The third part looks at the sources of growth among non-OECD countries. Each chapter emphasizes the factors that appear to be most important in explaining growth performance. "--Publisher's website
International perspectives on profitability and accumulation( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Spanish and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poverty and income distribution by Edward N Wolff( Book )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written by a leading scholar in the field, this textbook provides a thorough introduction to the topic of income distribution and poverty with additional emphasis on the issues of inequality and discrimination
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Convergence of productivity : cross-national studies and historical evidence
Alternative Names
Edward Wolff Amerikaans econoom

Edward Wolff economist

Wolff, E. N. 1946-

Wolff, Edward 1946-

Wolff, Edward Nathan

Wolff, Edward Nathan 1946-

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Downsizing in America : reality, causes, and consequencesCompetitiveness, convergence, and international specializationDoes education really help? : skill, work, and inequalityWhat has happened to the quality of life in the advanced industrialized nations?Productivity and American leadership : the long viewTop heavy : the increasing inequality of wealth in America and what can be done about itAssets for the poor : the benefits of spreading asset ownershipGrowth, accumulation, and unproductive activity : an analysis of postwar U.S. economy