Worker Well-Being and Public Policy Vol: 22

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20 Jun 2003
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
524 pages - 150 x 225 x 36mm
Research in Labor Economics


This volume contains 15 essays devoted to a number of multifaceted issues regarding how public policy affects worker well-being. Of the 15 chapters, the first two are the more general, dealing with overall earnings distribution and overall changes in welfare policy. The remaining chapters examine specific aspects of human welfare. They cover: fertility, disability, minimum wage, pension wealth, human capital investment, migration, health, and earnings. The book culminates with four chapters relating to gender and the family. Ultimately, determining who works, how much is earned, and how these earnings get distributed define the components of individual and social welfare. The topics covered in this volume shed light on these questions.
List of contributors. Preface (S.W. Polachek). Accounting for income inequality and its change: A new method, with applications to the distribution of earnings in the United States (G.S. Fields). The relationship between the economy and the welfare caseload: A dynamic approach (S. Haider et al.). New Jersey's family cap and family size decisions: Findings from a five-year evaluation (M.J. Camasso et al.). Tracking the household income of SSDI and SSI applicants (J. Bound et al.). Minimum wages and on-the-job training (D. Acemoglu, J.-S. Pischke). Racial and ethnic difference in pension wealth (W.E. Even, D.A. Macpherson). Count-level estimates of the employment prospects of low-skill workers (D.C. Ribar). Determinants of immigrant selectivity and skills (M. Zavodny). Immigration and the labor force participation of low-skill native workers (H. Johannsson et al.). Children, nondiscriminatory provision of fringe benefits and household labor market decisions (M.C. Berger et al.). Wage gains from better health and employment-based health insurance (P. Fronstin et al.). The family gap in pay: Evidence from seven industrialized countries (S. Harkness, J. Waldfogel). Why choose women's work if it pays less? A structural model of occupational choice (M.M. Pitts). New evidence on culture and the gender wage gap: A comparison across ethnic origin groups (H. Antecol). Gender differences in reasons for job mobility intentions in higher education (J. Van Gilder et al.).

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