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Economics of Labor and Employment Law

Edited by John J. Donohue III, C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, US
For this comprehensive collection, the editor has selected some of the most important labor law and economics papers today. This two-volume set tracks the development of the theoretical and empirical scholarship on labor law across a number of disciplines, bringing together traditional legal theory and labor economics, along with more recent findings in behavioral economics.
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Extent: 936 pp
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Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84542 706 1
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Labour Economics
  • Law and Economics
  • Law - Academic
  • Law and Economics
For this comprehensive collection, the editor has selected some of the most important labor law and economics papers today. This two-volume set tracks the development of the theoretical and empirical scholarship on labor law across a number of disciplines, bringing together traditional legal theory and labor economics, along with more recent findings in behavioral economics.

The first volume begins with a broad overview of labor regulation around the world. It then offers major articles on the economics of American labor law and the welfare effects of labor regulation in the US and abroad. The second volume addresses the variety of mandated employee benefits, from minimum wages to maternity benefits and wrongful discharge laws. The collection concludes with some major papers on race and sex discrimination in employment.
21 articles, dating from 1984 to 2006
Contributors include: D. Acemoglu, U. Gneezy, C. Goldin, J. Gruber, J. Heckman, C. Jolls, R. Posner, A. Shleifer, C. Sunstein
Contents:

Volume I

Acknowledgements

Introduction John J. Donohue III

PART I OVERVIEW: A CROSS COUNTRY COMPARISON OF THE REGULATION OF LABOR
1. Juan C. Botero, Simeon Djankov, Rafael La Porta, Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes and Andrei Shleifer (2004), ‘The Regulation of Labor’

PART II THE ECONOMICS OF AMERICAN LABOR LAW
2. Richard A. Posner (1984), ‘Some Economics of Labor Law’
3. Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt (1992), ‘A Bargaining Analysis of American Labor Law and the Search for Bargaining Equity and Industrial Peace’
4. Cass R. Sunstein (2001), ‘Human Behavior and the Law of Work’

PART III THE IMPACT ON ECONOMIC WELFARE OF THE REGULATION OF LABOR IN THE U.S. AND THE WORLD
5. Thomas J. Holmes (1998), ‘The Effect of State Policies on the Location of Manufacturing: Evidence from State Borders’
6. Timothy Besley and Robin Burgess (2004), ‘Can Labor Regulation Hinder Economic Performance? Evidence from India’
7. James Peoples (1998), ‘Deregulation and the Labor Market’
Name Index


Volume II

Acknowledgements

An introduction by the editor to both volumes appears in Volume I

PART I MANDATING EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
A Minimum Wage Laws
1. David Card and Alan B. Krueger (1994), ‘Minimum Wages and Employment: A Case Study of the Fast-Food Industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania’
2. David Neumark and William Wascher (2000), ‘Minimum Wages and Employment: A Case Study of the Fast-Food Industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania: Comment’
3. David Card and Alan B. Krueger (2000), ‘Minimum Wages and Employment: A Case Study of the Fast-Food Industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania: Reply’

B Mandated Maternity Benefits
4. Jonathan Gruber (1994), ‘The Incidence of Mandated Maternity Benefits’

C Mandating Accommodations
5. Christine Jolls (2000), ‘Accommodation Mandates’

D Training
6. Daron Acemoglu and Jörn-Steffen Pischke (1999), ‘Beyond Becker: Training in Imperfect Labour Markets’

E Employment at Will and Wrongful-Discharge Laws
7. Richard A. Epstein (1984), ‘In Defense of the Contract at Will’
8. Stewart J. Schwab (1993), ‘Life-Cycle Justice: Accommodating Just Cause and Employment at Will’
9. David H. Autor, John J. Donohue III and Stewart J. Schwab (2006), ‘The Costs of Wrongful-Discharge Laws’


PART II EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION
A Racial Discrimination
10. John J. Donohue III and James Heckman (1991), ‘Continuous Versus Episodic Change: The Impact of Civil Rights Policy on the Economic Status of Blacks’
11. Derek A. Neal and William R. Johnson (1996), ‘The Role of Premarket Factors in Black-White Wage Differences’

B Sex Discrimination
12. Claudia Goldin and Cecilia Rouse (2000), ‘Orchestrating Impartiality: The Impact of “Blind” Auditions on Female Musicians’
13. Uri Gneezy, Muriel Niederle and Aldo Rustichini (2003), ‘Performance in Competitive Environments: Gender Differences’

C Statistical Discrimination
14. David H. Autor and David Scarborough (2004), ‘Will Job Testing Harm Minority Workers?’


Name Index