Academic journal article NBER Reporter

The Analysis of Firms and Employees: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

Academic journal article NBER Reporter

The Analysis of Firms and Employees: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

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The Analysis of Firms and Employees, an NBER Conference Report edited by Stefan Bender, Julia Lane, Kathryn Shaw, Fredrik Andersson, and Till yvon Wachter, will be available in October from the University of Chicago Press. The price of the volume is $90.00.

Economists increasingly are studying the long-term impact on workers of globalization, outsourcing, and technological change. The Analysis of Firms and Employees presents new findings about these effects by examining the interaction between the internal workings of businesses and outside influences from the market, based on data from countries around the globe. The result is an enhanced insight into the dynamic interrelationship between firms and workers.

The distinguished team of researchers assembled here examines the relationships between human resource practices and productivity, changing ownership and production methods, and expanding trade patterns and firm competitiveness. With analyses of large-scale, nationwide datasets as well as focused, intensive observation of a few firms, The Analysis of Firms and Employees will challenge economists, policymakers, and scholars alike to rethink their assumptions about the workplace. …

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