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Labor Economics Mincer-Style: A Personal Reflection


  • Solomon Polachek



Between 1957 and 1974 Jacob Mincer pioneered important new approaches to labor economics. In the years since these seminal discoveries, he, as well as generations of his students and colleagues at Columbia University and elsewhere, adopted these innovations to reach important conclusions about human well-being. In 1967 I was lucky enough to arrive as a graduate student at Columbia University, just at the peak of this research revolution. In this paper, I detail some of my recollections concerning Jacob Mincer and the hospitable research atmosphere at Columbia University that sparked so much of this path-breaking research. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

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  • Solomon Polachek, 2003. "Labor Economics Mincer-Style: A Personal Reflection," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 1(4), pages 363-366, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:1:y:2003:i:4:p:363-366 DOI: 10.1023/B:REHO.0000004795.38630.28

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    1. Jacob Mincer, 1958. "Investment in Human Capital and Personal Income Distribution," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 66, pages 281-281.
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