Labour Virtual Issue

Source: Oxford University Press, 2015

What is your incentive to work? To labour (or labor, if you prefer), to toil, for a wage, for the security it brings. To be a productive member of society, to contribute and thus in turn to receive. Labour economics is a measure of the supply and demand that work encompasses; your skills, your human capital matched to those needed by an employer. Be it at the individual level, each worker or specific firm, or in terms of the whole labour market, employed, underemployed and unemployment levels, hiring and firing decisions, competition, contracts, and incentives, there is a field of labour economics that relates to your job. This sample of OUP titles, articles, and resources introduces a range of topics on these themes including performance-related pay, gender and wages, labour market institutions, migration, skills, informal work, country studies (rich in data), and achieving a work-life balance.

This virtual issue presents a range of recent publications on the topic of labour from across OUP’s economics program, and explores themes including gender and wages, migration, achieving a work-life balance and more. All content will be freely available until September 30.

Articles include:
Negotiating with Labor under Financial Distress
Source: Efaim Benmelech, Nittai K. Bergman and Ricardo J. Enriquez, Review of Corporate Finance Studies, Vol. 1 no. 1, 2012

Labor Protection and Leverage
Source: Elena Simintzi, Vikrant Vig, Paolo Volpin, Review of Financial Studies, Vol, 28 no. 2, 2015

Cash Transfers and Child Labor
Source: Jacobus de Hoop and Furio C. Rosati, World Bank Research Observer, Vol. 29 no. 2, 2014

Spillover Effects of Minimum Wages in Experimental Wage Negotiations
Source: Marcus Dittrich, Andreas Knabe and Kristina Leipold, CESifo Economic Studies, Vol. 60 no. 4, 2014

The Global Decline of the Labor Share
Loukas Karabarbounis and Brent Neiman, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 129 no. 1, 2014

The Value of Hiring through Employee Referrals
Source: Stephen V. Burks, Bo Cowgill, Mitchell Hoffman and Michael Housman, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 130 no. 2, 2015

Efficiency wages, staggered wages, and union wage-setting
Source: David W. Johnston, Stefanie Schurer, Michael A. Shields and Markus Knell, Oxford Economic Papers, Vol. 66 no. 3, 2014