While there are many economists in schools, government, unions, and non-profit organizations working in the institutionalst tradition, there has been no book that describes this tradition -- until now. Editors Champlin and Knoedler have brought together prominent labor economists, highly respected institutional economists, and newer scholars working on such compelling issues as immigration, wage discrimination, and living wages. Their essays portray the institutionalist tradition in labor as it exists today as well as its historical and theoretical origins. The result is a major contribution to the literature of labor economics, institutionalist economics, and the history of economic thought.
List of Tables and Figures; Introduction; 1. The Institutionalist Tradition in Labor Economics, Dell P. Champlin and Janet T. Knoedler; Part I. Historical and Theoretical Perspectives; 2. The Institutional and Neoclassical Schools in Labor Economics, Bruce E. Kaufman; 3. Labor and the Menace of Competition, Glen Atkinson; 4. John R. Commons and His Students: The View from the End of the Twentieth Century, J. Dennis Chasse; 5. Wages in the Public Interest: Insights from Thorstein Veblen and J.M. Clark, Dell P. Champlin and Janet T. Knoedler; 6. U.S. Labor Re-Examined, 1880-1930: Success, Ideology, and Reversal, Jon D. Wisman and Aaron Pacitti; Part II. Institutionalist Thought on Labor Since World War II; 7. Two Sides of the Same Coin: Institutionalist Theories of Wage Rates and Wage Differentials, Douglas Kinnear; 8. The Significance of Segmentation for Institutional Theory and Public Policy, Jerry Gray and Richard Chapman; 9. Dead Metaphors and Living Wages: On the Role of Measurement and Logic in Economic Debates, Ann Jennings; 10. How Is Labor Distinct from Broccoli? Robert E. Prasch; 11. An Institutionalist Approach to Work Time: Is Labor Truly Irksome? Robert LaJeunesse; Part III. Institutional Analysis of Current Labor Issues; 12. Wage Discrimination in Context: Enlarging the Field of View, Deborah M. Figart and Ellen Mutari; 13. Nonstandard Labor Through an Institutionalist Lens: The More Things Change, The More Things Stay the Same, Barbara A. Wiens-Tuers; 14. The Institution of Unauthorized Residency Status: Neighborhood Context and Mexican Immigrant Earnings in Los Angeles County, Enrico Marcelli; 15. Retirement: Evolving Concepts and Institutions, Janice Peterson; 16. Organizing the Service Sector: From 'Labor' to 'Stakeholder' Unionism, George DeMartino; Part IV. Social Justice; 17. Full Employment and Social Justice, L. Randall Wray and Mathew Forstater; 18. Regressive Norms, Progressive Possibilities and Labor Justice, Mayo C. Toruno; 19. Wealth and Power: Ethical Implications of Executive Compensation since the 1980s, David A. Zalewski; 20. Not Only Nike's Doing It: "Sweating" and the Contemporary Labor Market, Yngve Ramstad and Richard McIntyre; Conclusion; 21. Prospects for the Future of Institutionalist Labor Economics, Dell P. Champlin and Janet T. Knoedler; Index; About the Editors and Contributors