This volume comprises 12 chapters, each accounting for a particular aspect of worker well-being. Among the issues addressed are: employee compensation, job loss, disability, health, gender, education, contract negotiation, and macroeconomic labor policy. The volume provides answers to a number of important questions. For example, why do smaller, newer companies better match CEO pay to profits than old, established corporations? Which demographic groups are most prone to job losses? What does marital status have to do with the glass ceiling? Does retiring from work increase one's mental health? Does domestic violence drive women to work more? Do higher educational subsidies lead to more schooling than larger educational rates of return? In short, the volume addresses a number of important policy-related research issues on worker well-being facing labor economists today.
Twelve papers explore aspects of worker well-being and issues relating to worker well-being. Journal of Economic Literature, 2004
Solomon W. Polachek is Distinguished Professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton (Binghamton University), where he has taught since 1983. He holds appointments in the Economics and Political Science Departments, and from 1996-2000 he served as Dean of the Arts and Sciences College. His Ph.D. is from Columbia University, and he has held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, and Princeton.
Preface (S.W. Polachek). Output-based pay: incentives, retention or sorting (E. Lazear). Independent contractors and self-employment as systems of incentives and control: theory, empirics, and a survey of evidence (J. Garen). Job loss in the United States, 1981-2001 (H. Farber). A long-term view of health status, disabilities, mortality, and participation in the DI and SSI disability programs (K. Rupp, P.S. Davies). Aids and the market for nurses (D.E. Kalist, S.J. Spurr). Bounding estimates of wage discrimination (J. G. Hirschberg, D. J. Slottje). Assortative mating or glass ceiling: Under-representation of female workers among top earners (E. Becker, C.M. Lindsay). Is retirement depressing: labor force inactivity and psychological well-being in later life (K.K. Charles). The employment effects of domestic violence (A. Farmer, J. Tiefenthaler). Earnings dispersion, risk aversion and education (C. Belzil, J. Hansen). Collective bargaining under complete information (C. Diaz-Moreno, J.E. Galdon-Sanchez). Active labor market policies and real-wage determination - Swedish evidence (A. Forslund, A.-S. Kolm).