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Labor Economics

Labor Economics

Derek Laing

ISBN: 978-0-393-97952-7

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112 pages

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The first text in Labor Economics to systematically cover both classic labor economics and "the new labor economics," which includes topics like job design, incentives, and modern Human Resources issues.

Labor Economics has comprehensive coverage, and gives instructors the flexibility to tailor their text precisely to the course that they want to teach. The text stresses problem solving, with several Worked Problems in each chapter, and includes leading-edge pedagogy to help students better understand and master the material.

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Core Text
1. Introduction
2. The U.S. Labor Market
PART I: Foundations
3. Short-Run Demand
4. The Supply of Labor
5. Human Capital
6. On-the-Job Training
7. Competitive Equilibrium
PART II: Applications and Extensions
8. The Minimum Wage
9. Policy Application: The War on Poverty
10. Death and Injury in the U.S. Workplace
11. Discrimination 1: Theory
12. Discrimination 2: Evidence and Policy
PART III: The Employment Relation
13. The Hiring Process
14. Incentives
15. Tasks, Technologies, and Organizational Design
16. Careers and Employment Relation
17. Executive Pay
18. Trade Unions 1: Density, Goals and Impact
PART IV: The Aggregate Labor Market
19. Earning 1: The Wage Structure
20. Labor Mobility I: Migration
21. Labor Mobility II: Immigration and Outsourcing
22. Unemployment I: Contractual Frictions
23. Unemployment II: Market Frictions
24. Turnover I: Search and Accessions
25. Turnover II: Quits and Layoffs
Supplemental Web Chapters:
S1: The Long-Run Demand for Labor and Adjustment Costs
S2: Policy Application: Income Taxes
S3: Labor Supply over the Life Cycle
S4: The Family
S5: Retirement
S6: Crime
S7: Trade Unions II: Collective Bargaining and Strikes
S8: Earnings II: Sectoral Shocks and Aggregate Disturbances
S9: Schooling I: The Performance of Schools and Colleges
S10: Education II: Governance and Finance
The first text to systematically cover classic labor economics AND "the new labor economics"

Topics that are considered "classic" include discrimination, unionization, unemployment, migration and immigration, and education. Topics that are considered "the new labor" include job design, incentives, careers, job search, incomplete contracts, and job creation and destruction.

Comprehensive and flexible

In addition to the physical text, which contains 25 chapters, there are another 10 chapters available on StudySpace, the free student website. All of this material, as well as mathematical appendices, allow instructors to teach precisely the type of course that they want to, with as much, or as little, math as they want.

Problem-solving emphasis with a lot of pedagogical help for students

Labor Economics gives instructors the opportunity to teach an intensive problem-solving course, with three Worked Problems per chapter and numerous end-of-chapter problems. And, the text uses leading-edge pedagogy-including Learning Objectives, Take-Home Messages, and Tip Boxes.