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Sourcebook of Labor Markets: Evolving Structures and Processes (Mathematical and Computational Chemistry)

Sourcebook of Labor Markets: Evolving Structures and Processes (Mathematical and Computational Chemistry)

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This comprehensive handbook provides an overview of the key developments in a variety of labor market contexts and in the analyses of these that have occurred during the two decades since the publication of the groundbreaking 1981 volume Sociological Perspectives on Labor Markets. A distinguished roster of authors (sociologists as well as economists) examines the interplay between social institutions and markets in producing important outcomes for producers of goods and services, their organizations' owners, and their customers. For example, the authors investigate how social institutions such as unions, business organizations, and the government interact with labor, product, political, and capital markets to produce a variety of labor market outcomes, widening income inequality, career paths, and a variety of changing employment relationships.

In addition to introductory and concluding chapters by the editors, the volume contains 25 chapters covering key topics in the field. The sourcebook is divided into four substantive sections, each of which is introduced by a summary statement discussing the section's theme. Part II examines the changes taking place in unions and the industrial relations system; the allocation of risk between capital and labor; capital accumulation; and how labor markets are being transformed in post-Communist Europe. Part III addresses changes that are occurring in the nature of employment relations, such as in the careers and the attachment of people to their jobs. Part IV focuses on trends in income inequality and job quality, the nature of education and workforce development, the role of networks in matching people to jobs, and regional labor markets. Part V examines the implications of labor market changes for public policies related to topics such as comparable worth, employment discrimination by race and sex, and immigration.

These chapters provide timely assessments of the key developments that are occurring in each of these topics related to labor markets. The authors provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the correlates and consequences of labor market structures and processes, assessing what we know about these topics and what areas need to be understood better.