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Accounting for Worker Well-Being

ISBN: 978-0-76231-110-1, eISBN: 978-1-84950-273-3

Publication date: 14 July 2004


This volume comprises 12 chapters, each accounting for a particular aspect of worker well-being. Among the issues addressed are: employee compensation, job loss, disability, health, gender, education, contract negotiation, and macroeconomic labor policy. In discussing these issues, the volume provides answers to a number of important questions. For example, why do smaller, newer companies do a better job matching CEO pay to profits than old, established corporations? Why do firms hire outside contractors rather than produce all goods internally? Which demographic groups are most prone to job losses? Can self-reported health predict which workers become disabled? How does AIDS affect the supply of nurses? What does marital status have to do with the glass ceiling? Does retiring from work increase one’s mental health? Does domestic violence drive women to work more? Do higher educational subsidies lead to more schooling than larger educational rates of return? Do different firm and worker discount rates lead to longer contract negotiations? And finally, how robust are estimated effects of public policy to changes in data definition? In short, the volume addresses a number of important policy-related research issues on worker well-being facing labor economists today.


Polachek, S.W. (2004), "PREFACE", Polachek, S.W. (Ed.) Accounting for Worker Well-Being (Research in Labor Economics, Vol. 23), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. IX-XIV.



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