Workers' Earnings and Corporate Economic Structure

Workers' Earnings and Corporate Economic Structure

1st Edition - January 28, 1983

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  • Author: Randy Hodson
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483261010

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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.

Table of Contents

  • 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

    Neoclassical Economics


    Institutional Economics

    Labor Economics

    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


    Industry Data

    Company Data

    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


    Union Membership

    Class Positions





    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?



    9. Conclusions

    Summary of Findings

    The Study of Labor Force Outcomes and Corporate Structure

    Policy Considerations

    Appendix A. Industry Variables

    Appendix B. Company Variables

    Appendix C. The Operationalization of Class

    Appendix D. Supplementary Tables



Product details

  • No. of pages: 262
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1983
  • Published: January 28, 1983
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483261010

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