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Workers' Earnings and Corporate Economic Structure


  • Hodson, Randy


Workers' Earnings and Corporate Economic Structure investigates the role of economic structure in determining employees' earnings and how workplace organization contributes to social inequality. The study focuses on the characteristics of the organization of capital rather than on different management styles or systems. Earnings as a key labor force outcome are examined at both the industry and company levels of economic organization. Comprised of nine chapters, this volume begins with an overview of economic explanations for the diversity of wage labor in advanced capitalist countries, and whether the labor market in the United States is structured by the organizational characteristics of capital. The discussion then turns to the dual economy model of industrial structure; an alternative resource approach to the study of organizational structure and labor segmentation; and enterprise- and industry-level sectoral models of economic structure. Subsequent chapters explore the relationship between the sectoral models and poverty, class position, and racial and gender groups; the ability of the sectoral models to explain workers' earnings and select continuous-variable models of the impact of economic structure on workers' earnings; earnings determination within economic sectors; and the impact of economic structure across class, occupational, and status groups. The final chapter offers concluding thoughts and reflections and integrates the insights derived from the study of industrial structure with themes from the broader field of social stratification. This book will be of interest to economists, sociologists, and workers and industry officials.

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  • Hodson, Randy, 1983. "Workers' Earnings and Corporate Economic Structure," Elsevier Monographs, Elsevier, edition 1, number 9780123517807.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:monogr:9780123517807

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    1. Ruth Berkowitz, 1998. "One Point on the Lsat: How much is it Worth? Standardized Tests as a Determinant of Earnings," The American Economist, Sage Publications, vol. 42(2), pages 80-89, October.
    2. Arthur Sakamoto & Hyeyoung Woo & Isao Takei & Yoichi Murase, 2012. "Cultural constraints on rising income inequality: A U.S.–Japan comparison," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 10(4), pages 565-581, December.
    3. Fligstein, Neil & Dauter, Luke, 2006. "The Sociology of Markets," Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Working Paper Series qt8qw8c1jx, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley.
    4. Frank Bean & B. Lowell & Lowell Taylor, 1988. "Undocumented Mexican immigrants and the earnings of other workers in the United States," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 25(1), pages 35-52, February.
    5. Niamh Brennan & Patrick Nolan, 1998. "Employment and remuneration of Irish chartered accountants : evidence of gender differences," Open Access publications 10197/2910, Research Repository, University College Dublin.
    6. Dögüs, Ilhan, 2017. "Rising wage dispersion between white-collar and blue-collar workers and market concentration: The case of the USA, 1966-2011," Discussion Papers 62, University of Hamburg, Centre for Economic and Sociological Studies (CESS/ZÖSS).
    7. Donald Williams, 1991. "Structural Change and the Aggregate Poverty Rate," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 28(2), pages 323-332, May.
    8. Niamh Brennan & Patrick Nolan, 1998. "Employment and remuneration of Irish chartered accountants: evidence of," European Accounting Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(2), pages 237-255.
    9. Robert T. Averitt, 1987. "The Dual Economy Twenty Years Later," Journal of Economic Issues, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 21(2), pages 795-802, June.
    10. Cobas, Jose A., 1988. "Some Problems in the Sociology of the Ethnic Economy," Institute for Social Science Research, Working Paper Series qt85b0z47f, Institute for Social Science Research, UCLA.
    11. Erica L. Groshen, 1988. "Why do wages vary among employers?," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, vol. 24(Q I), pages 19-38.


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