Workers' Earnings and Corporate Economic Structure - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123517807, 9781483261010

Workers' Earnings and Corporate Economic Structure

1st Edition

Authors: Randy Hodson
eBook ISBN: 9781483261010
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1983
Page Count: 262
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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


Preface


Acknowledgments


1. Industrial Structure and the American Worker


Introduction


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


Notes


2. Theories of Economic Segmentation


Neoclassical Economics


Marxism


Institutional Economics


Labor Economics


The Sociology of Labor Markets


The Dual Economy Model


A Sympathetic Critique of the Dual Economy Model


Conclusions


Notes


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


Conclusions


Notes


4. Industry and Enterprise Data and Measures


Introduction


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


Notes


5. Distribution of Poverty, Union Membership, Class Positions, and Race and Gender Groups Across Economic Sectors


Poverty


Union Membership


Class Positions


Race


Gender


Conclusions


Notes


6. Enterprise· and Industry-Level Models off Employees' Earnings


Introduction


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

About the Author

Randy Hodson

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