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Handbook of Labor Economics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444534521, 9780444534538

Handbook of Labor Economics, Volume 4B

1st Edition

Editors: Orley Ashenfelter David Card
eBook ISBN: 9780444534538
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444534521
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 27th October 2010
Page Count: 1144
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Table of Contents

New Developments and Research on Labor Markets

  1. Earnings, Consumption and Lifecycle Choices, Costas Meghir (University College London) and Luigi Pistaferri (Stanford University)
  2. Racial Inequality in the 21st Century: The Declining Significance of Discrimination, Roland G. Fryer, Jr. (Harvard University)
  3. Imperfect Competition in the Labor Market, Alan Manning (London School of Economics)
  4. Skills, Tasks and Technologies: Implications for Employment and Earnings, Daren Acemoglu and David Autor (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  5. Institutional Reforms and Dualism in European Labor Markets, Tito Boeri (Universita Bocconi and Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti)
  6. Local Labor Markets, Enrico Moretti (University of California at Berkeley)
  7. Human Capital Development Before Age Five, Douglas Almond and Janet Currie (Columbia University)
  8. Recent Developments in Intergenerational Mobility, Sandra E. Black (University of California, Los Angeles) and Paul J. Devereux (University College Dublin)
  9. New Perspectives on Gender, Marianne Bertrand (University of Chicago)
  10. Great Expectations: Law, Employment Contracts and Labor Market Performance, W. Bentley MacLeod (Columbia University)
  11. Human Resource Management and Productivity, Nicholas Bloom (Stanford) and John Van Reenen (London School of Economics)
  12. Personnel Economics: Hiring and Incentives, Paul Oyer (Stanford University) and Scott Schaefer (University of Utah)


What factors affect the ways individuals participate in labor markets?

"New Developments and Research on Labor Markets" (volume 4B) proposes answers to this and other questions on important topics of public policy. Leading labor economists demonstrate how better data and advanced experiments help them apply economic theory, yielding sharper analyses and conclusions. The combinations of these improved empirical findings with new models enable the authors of these chapters to reveal how labor economists are developing new and innovative ways to measure key parameters and test important hypotheses.

Key Features

  • Concentrates on empirical research in specific labor markets, including those defined by age, gender, and race
  • Reveals how questions and answers about these markets have changed and how models measure them
  • Documents how conceptual models and empirical work explain important practical issues


Graduate students and professors worldwide working in all subdisciplines of economics.


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"Labor economics" has continued to expand both in the extent and depth of coverage in recent years. Volume 4 of the Handbook has succeeded in not only updating coverage in many areas, but in synthesizing studies and approaches in ways that contribute importantly to the field. Economists with interests in many areas, ranging from field experiments to gender to early-life human capital investments, will benefit from the excellent chapters in this volume."

-Jere R. Behrman, University of Pennsylvania


"Volume 4 very nicely illustrates several important trends in labor economics: increased concern about proper research design, more contact with those in other social sciences, greater reliance on data collected by those conducting the research, and (in some areas) more productive interplay between theory and data. The authors have themselves been major contributors to these developments; they combine a participant's enthusiasm with a detached perspective on the challenges and gaps that remain."

-Charles C. Brown, University of Michigan


"The entries in the Handbook of Labor Economics update, deepen, and broaden the analyses contained in earlier volumes. The first-rate papers here address important problems in labor economics, often from new perspectives. As is the case with Volumes 1-3, many of the papers in volume 4 are "must-reads" and sure to make it onto graduate reading lists."

-Henry Farber, Princeton University

Ratings and Reviews

About the Editors

Orley Ashenfelter

Affiliations and Expertise

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

David Card

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Berkeley, USA