Workers' Earnings and Corporate Economic Structure investigates the role of economic structure in determining employees' earnings and how workplace organization contributes to social inequality. The study focuses on the characteristics of the organization of capital rather than on different management styles or systems. Earnings as a key labor force outcome are examined at both the industry and company levels of economic organization.
Comprised of nine chapters, this volume begins with an overview of economic explanations for the diversity of wage labor in advanced capitalist countries, and whether the labor market in the United States is structured by the organizational characteristics of capital. The discussion then turns to the dual economy model of industrial structure; an alternative resource approach to the study of organizational structure and labor segmentation; and enterprise- and industry-level sectoral models of economic structure. Subsequent chapters explore the relationship between the sectoral models and poverty, class position, and racial and gender groups; the ability of the sectoral models to explain workers' earnings and select continuous-variable models of the impact of economic structure on workers' earnings; earnings determination within economic sectors; and the impact of economic structure across class, occupational, and status groups. The final chapter offers concluding thoughts and reflections and integrates the insights derived from the study of industrial structure with themes from the broader field of social stratification.
This book will be of interest to economists, sociologists, and workers and industry officials.
List of Tables and Figures
1. Industrial Structure and the American Worker
Is There a Homogeneous Labor Market?
The Question of Economic "Dualism"
A Resource Perspective
Enterprise or Industry as the Unit of Analysis?
A Strategy of Analysis
What Can Be Expected from This Study?
Organization of the Volume
2. Theories of Economic Segmentation
The Sociology of Labor Markets
The Dual Economy Model
A Sympathetic Critique of the Dual Economy Model
3. A Resource Theory off Organizational Structure
A Revised History of Industrial Structure
A Resource Approach to the Study of Industrial Structure
Exploring Economic Structure and Labor Market Outcomes
What We Expect to Find
4. Industry and Enterprise Data and Measures
Individual-Level Variables Extracted from the Wisconsin Survey and the Current Population Survey
The Sample to Be Studied
Conclusions: The Task of Collecting Company and Industry Data
5. Distribution of Poverty, Union Membership, Class Positions, and Race and Gender Groups Across Economic Sectors
6. Enterprise· and Industry-Level Models off Employees' Earnings
A Sectoral Industry Model
A Continuous-Variable Industry Model
Application of Industry-Level Models to the Wisconsin Sample and the Restricted Current Population Survey Sample
A Sectoral Company Model
A Continuous-Variable Company Model
Comparison of Company- and Industry-Level Results
7. Economic Structure and the Individual Earnings Attainment Process
Evaluation of the Industry-Level Model
Evaluation of the Company-Level Model
Social Background and Economic Structure as Determinants of Individual Earnings
8. Earnings Attainment Across Economic Sectors, Classes, and Race and Gender Groups
Earnings Returns to Education within Economic Sectors
Class Inequality within Economic Sectors
Economic Structure for Whom?
Summary of Findings
The Study of Labor Force Outcomes and Corporate Structure
Appendix A. Industry Variables
Appendix B. Company Variables
Appendix C. The Operationalization of Class
Appendix D. Supplementary Tables
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- 28th January 1983
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