Handbook of Labor Economics

Handbook of Labor Economics

1st Edition - October 27, 2010

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  • Editors: Orley Ashenfelter, David Card
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444534538
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444534521

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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

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)

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1144
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © North Holland 2010
  • Published: October 27, 2010
  • Imprint: North Holland
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444534538
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444534521

About the Editors

Orley Ashenfelter

Affiliations and Expertise

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

David Card

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Berkeley, USA

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