Annual Report 2002 - Cornell University
004 Selected Books by Faculty

02 Francine D. Blau and Lawrence M. Kahn, Industrial and Labor Relations

At Home and Abroad: U.S. Labor-Market Performance in International Perspective (Russell Sage Foundation, 2002). The authors examine labor market dissimilarities between the U.S. and other advanced industrialized nations. They assess how the differences affect wage and unemployment levels. Blau and Kahn find, for example, that governments and unions have a more powerful effect on the labor market in Europe than in the U.S. While the U.S. market is more flexible, letting wages adjust to global economic upheavals so that jobs can be maintained, European economies are more rigid, maintaining wages at the cost of losing jobs. The book points to the role institutions can play in creating jobs and maintaining living standards.

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