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Wolff, Edward N.

Overview
Works: 259 works in 750 publications in 2 languages and 16,165 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  History  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Author of introduction, Honoree
Classifications: HD58.85, 338.64
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Edward N Wolff
Downsizing in America : reality, causes, and consequences by William J Baumol( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,121 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
Productivity and American leadership : the long view by William J Baumol( Book )

21 editions published between 1989 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analisi: ECONOMIE NAZIONALI. America del Nord : USA. POLITICA CONGIUNTURALE. Misure e strumenti. POLITICA STRUTTURALE. In generale
Competitiveness, convergence, and international specialization by David Dollar( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Top heavy : the increasing inequality of wealth in America and what can be done about it by Edward N Wolff( Book )

11 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
Convergence of productivity : cross-national studies and historical evidence by William J Baumol( Book )

18 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This comprehensive study is a collection of original articles that view 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, with gradual erosion of the gap between the leader country, the U.S., throughout most of the pertinent period, and that of the countries lagging most
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 464 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
Assets for the poor : the benefits of spreading asset ownership( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Twentieth Century Fund report."
International comparisons of the distribution of household wealth by Edward N Wolff( Book )

11 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Does education really help? : skill, work, and inequality by Edward N Wolff( Book )

17 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 399 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( Book )

16 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 386 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
Poverty and prosperity in the USA in the late twentieth century( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 336 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
Productivity convergence : theory and evidence by Edward N Wolff( Book )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 199 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 --
International perspectives on household wealth( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 176 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
The transformation of the American pension system : was it beneficial for workers? by Edward N Wolff( Book )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

Inheriting wealth in America : future boom or bust? by Edward N Wolff( Book )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 159 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
Poverty and income distribution by Edward N Wolff( Book )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 144 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
The economics of productivity( Book )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trade and inequality : a review of the literature by Edward N Wolff( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Downsizing in America : reality, causes, and consequences
Alternative Names
Edward Wolff Amerikaans econoom

Edward Wolff Economist

Wolff, E. N. 1946-

Wolff, Edward 1946-

Wolff, Edward Nathan

Wolff, Edward Nathan 1946-

Languages
English (244)

Spanish (1)

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Productivity and American leadership : the long viewCompetitiveness, convergence, and international specializationTop heavy : the increasing inequality of wealth in America and what can be done about itConvergence of productivity : cross-national studies and historical evidenceGrowth, accumulation, and unproductive activity : an analysis of postwar U.S. economyAssets for the poor : the benefits of spreading asset ownershipTop heavy : a study of the increasing inequality of wealth in AmericaDoes education really help? : skill, work, and inequality