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Brown, Clair 1946-

Works: 29 works in 123 publications in 3 languages and 6,967 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Guidebooks  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: HD6060.5.U5, 331.133
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Most widely held works by Clair Brown
Economic turbulence : is a volatile economy good for America? by Clair Brown( )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Every day, in every sector of our economy, a business shuts down while another starts up, jobs are created while others are cut, and workers are hired while others are laid off. This constant flux, or turbulence, is a defining characteristic of our free market system, yet it mostly inspires angst about unemployment, loss of earnings, and the overall competitiveness of corporations. But is this endless cycle of fluctuation really so bad for America? Might something positive be going on in the economy as a result of it?" "In this work, three economists seek to answer these questions by exploring the real impact of volatility on American workers and businesses alike. According to the authors, while any number of events - shifts in consumer demand, changes in technology, mergers and acquisitions, or increased competition - can contribute to economic turbulence, our economy as a whole is, by and large, stronger for it, because these processes of creation and destruction make it more flexible and adaptable. The authors also acknowledge and document the adverse consequences of this turbulence on different groups of workers and firms and discuss the resulting policy challenges. Basing their argument on an up-close look into the dealings and practices of five key industries - financial services, retail food services, trucking, semiconductors, and software - the authors demonstrate the resiliency of most workers and firms by turning turbulence into new opportunities."--Jacket
Chips and change : how crisis reshapes the semiconductor industry by Clair Brown( )

21 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the history of the semiconductor industry over more than twenty years and through eight interrelated technical and competitive crises that forced the industry to adapt
Gender in the workplace( Book )

9 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 936 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Work and pay in the United States and Japan( Book )

13 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Work and Pay in the United States and Japan, authors Clair Brown, Yoshifumi Nakata, Michael Reich, and Lloyd Ulman provide an integrated and detailed analysis of the employment and wage systems in the United States and Japan. Drawing on data obtained from fieldwork in comparable establishments in these two countries, as well as from national sources, this work examines the relationship between company practices and national economic institutions. The authors address a number of key questions about employer-employee relations. How have major Japanese manufacturing companies been able to convert the assurance of "lifetime" employment security into a source of superior employee efficiency and adaptability, when job and income security have been feared as a source of "shirking" and wage inflation in the United States? How have higher economic and real wage growth rates been associated with greater equality in earned income distribution in Japan, when the incentive role of income inequality to worker effort and savings has been stressed in the United States? How could Japanese emphasis on employment security in the firm be reconciled with greater price stability and lower unemployment than in the United States? This work analyzes elements such as employee training and involvement programs, wage behavior as an incentive system and an alternate channel of savings, and synchronous wage determination (Shunto) at work in the Japanese economy that provide for such successes. The book also explores the costs that have been associated with these Japanese accomplishments, as well as who must bear them. In particular, it examines how the situation of Japanese women compares less favorably with that of American women in terms of opportunities for work, pay, and promotion; the higher hours of working time for men in Japan than in the United States; and the constraints on mobility for Japanese workers. It also poses the question of whether Japanese unions are weaker than their American counterparts or just more sensible and farsighted. Finally, this work examines the outlook for these distinctive Japanese institutions and practices in a period of slower growth and economic "maturity."
Labor in the era of globalization by Clair Brown( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The third quarter of the twentieth century was a golden age for labor in the advanced industrial countries, characterized by rising incomes, relatively egalitarian wage structures, and reasonable levels of job security. The subsequent quarter-century has seen less positive performance along a number of these dimensions. This period has instead been marked by rapid globalization of economic activity that has brought increased insecurity to workers. The contributors to this volume, prominent scholars from the United States, Europe, and Japan, distinguish four explanations for this historic shift. These include 1) rapid development of new technologies; 2) global competition for both business and labor; 3) deregulation of industry with more reliance on markets; and 4) increased immigration of workers, especially unskilled workers, from developing countries. In addition to analyzing the causes of these trends, the contributors also investigate important consequences, ranging from changes in collective bargaining and employment relations to family formation decisions and incarceration policy"--Provided by publisher
Buddhist economics : an enlightened approach to the dismal science by Clair Brown( Book )

8 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Traditional economics measures the ways in which we spend our income, but doesn't attribute worth to the crucial human interactions that give our lives meaning. Clair Brown, an economics professor at UC Berkeley and a practicing Buddhist, has developed a holistic model, one based on the notion that quality of life should be measured by more than national income. Brown advocates an approach to organizing the economy that embraces rather than skirts questions of values, sustainability, and equity"--Dust jacket flap
American standards of living, 1918-1988 by Clair Brown( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skills and security in evolving employment systems : observations from case studies by Clair Brown( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An emerging U.S. employment system is the Security, Employee Involvement, and Training (set) system. The system is characterized by the following: (1) a high degree of employment security based upon flexible job assignment; (2) employee involvement in problem solving and continuous improvement; and (3) continuous training of all employees. Case studies of five firms that are attempting to establish or maintain set indicate variation in the degree of successful transition to a set system. A working set system is in place at Together Manufacturing and Valley Life; Traditional Manufacturing has been unable to put together all the elements of set; Hi-Tech's plants range from successful set factories to traditional ones; and CommEx has been in retreat from set. The study discovered the following: (1) the maintenance of strong employment security practices at Together and Hi-Tech; (2) repeated decreases in the work force and weakening of employment security provisions at CommEx; and (3) a one-time downsizing at Valley Life. Together's commitment to employment security has been successfully tested by a period of reduced product demand; Hi-Tech's has not. Hi-Tech has instituted a new basic skills test as a minimum standard for employees. Together and Valley Life have made learning a part of daily work. Companies that have successfully instituted set systems have put all three parts of the set triangle in place. Research suggests implications pertaining to initial education, further education and training, and restructuring of the work process within schools. (50 references) (ylb)
Karen Brown's Italy hotels 2007 by Clair Brown( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

National organizations survey, 2010 : Examining the relationships between job quality and the domestic and international sourcing of business functions by United States Organizations( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The National Organizations Survey, 2010 (2010 NOS) aimed to quantify domestic and international sourcing of United States private and public sector organizations. Information was supplied by 333 respondents about their organization's domestic and international sourcing costs. Variables in this data collection include the organizations employee's benefits (such as the retirement benefits, health benefits, and wage) and the organization's expenditure for eight business functions: (1) the primary function, (2) research and development of products, services or technology, (3) sales and marketing, (4) transportation, logistics, and distribution services, (5) customer and after-sales service, (6) management, administration, and back office functions, (7) information technology systems, and (8) facilities maintenance. The sourcing costs were either incurred domestically in-house, externally from domestic suppliers, from international affiliates, or externally from international suppliers. For companies engaged in international sourcing, information about the type of international location was identified as (1) industrialized country locations with costs the same or higher than the United States, (2) emerging country locations with costs somewhat lower than the United States, and (3) developing country locations with costs much lower than the United States. United States employment and wages (according to four ranges) were also collected by business function. The data collection also includes information about each organization's industry and job turnover
Workers' Views of the Impact of Trade on Jobs by Clair Brown( )

2 editions published in 2010 in German and English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although public policy is influenced by the perception that workers worry about the impact of trade on their jobs, there is little empirical evidence on what shapes such views. This paper uses new data to examine how workers perceptions of the impact of trade are related to their career paths, job characteristics, and local labor market conditions. Surprisingly, given prior literature, we find that workers perceptions primarily reflect local labor market conditions and education rather than labor market experiences or job characteristics
An institutional model of wives' work decisions by Clair Brown( Book )

3 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'economia del Buddha by Clair Brown( Book )

2 editions published in 2018 in Italian and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Competitive semiconductor manufacturing human resources project : first interim report( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An institutional model of wives' work decisions by Clair Brown( )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Industrial restructuring and labor relations : a symposium( )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unemployment theory and policy, 1946-1980 by Clair Brown( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How "Economic" are Women's Work Decisions? by Clair Brown( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The degree to which wives' work decisions reflect the fulfillment of efficiency principles versus a response to social norms and personal needs was analyzed. The National Longitudinal Survey of Women, who were 30 to 44 years of age, provided the data base. To determine if women's work decisions were consistent with maximizing their economic return to work (the maximum market value of their maximum work hours), a wage rate and a time frame of socially required and unconstrained time were formulated. An income test (the family income excluding the woman's earnings does not equal the poverty threshold) was also considered. Use of the standard efficiency test based on wages indicated that women's work decisions were not very economical. The majority of the decisions were market-oriented; women were working more than predicted. The standard interpretation of the outcome would be that these women subjectively value the market goods and services they buy with their earnings more than they value the output of their home activities. (Ylb)
The impact of technological change on work and wages by Clair Brown( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consumption norms, work roles, and economic growth, 1918-80 by Clair Brown( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Gender in the workplace
Chips and change : how crisis reshapes the semiconductor industryGender in the workplaceWork and pay in the United States and JapanLabor in the era of globalizationAmerican standards of living, 1918-1988Karen Brown's Italy hotels 2007
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