Wages
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
The Working Poor
Invisible in America
Paperback      ISBN: 0375708219

From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Arab and Jew, an intimate portrait unfolds of working American families struggling against insurmountable odds to escape poverty.

As David K. Shipler makes clear in this powerful, humane study, the invisible poor are engaged in the activity most respected in American ideology--hard, honest work. But their version of the American Dream is a nightmare: low-paying, dead-end jobs; the profound failure of government to improve upon decaying housing, health care, and education; the failure of families to break the patterns of child abuse and substance abuse. Shipler exposes the interlocking problems by taking us into the sorrowful, infuriating, courageous lives of the poor--white and black, Asian and Latino, citizens and immigrants. We encounter them every day, for they do jobs essential to the American economy.

This impassioned book not only dissects the problems, but makes pointed, informed recommendations for change. It is a book that stands to make a difference.
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
Nickel and Dimed
On (Not) Getting by in America
Hardcover      ISBN: 0805063889

In an attempt to understand the lives of Americans earning near-minimum wages, Ehrenreich works as a waitress in Florida, a cleaning woman in Maine, and a sales clerk in Minnesota.

Accounting for Payroll: A Comprehensive Guide
Accounting for Payroll
A Comprehensive Guide
Hardcover      ISBN: 0471251089
A one-stop resource for setting up or improving an existing payroll system

The most comprehensive resource available on the subject, Accounting for Payroll: A Comprehensive Guide provides up-to-date information to enable users to handle payroll accounting in the most cost-effective manner.

From creating a system from scratch to setting up a payroll department to record-keeping and journal entries, Accounting for Payroll provides the most authoritative information on the entire payroll process. Ideal for anyone new to the payroll system or as a skill-honing tool for those already immersed in the field, this hands-on reference provides step-by-step instructions for setting up a well-organized payroll system or improving an existing one.

Changing Fortunes: Industrial Sectors and Workers' Earnings
Changing Fortunes
Industrial Sectors and Workers' Earnings
Hardcover      ISBN: 0275925803

The author demonstrates that the resources (income and wealth) available to most categories of employees has declined over the past 20 years relative to the total income and wealth in our society. Arguing that the decline of the heavy industry sector of the economy has eroded the power of organized labor, which was most concentrated in precisely these industries, Tigges suggests that the declining power of the unions has resulted in a lessened ability for employees to bargain for higher wages with their employers, thereby reducing employees' relative share of the national income.

A Classical Approach to Occupational Wage Rates
A Classical Approach to Occupational Wage Rates
Hardcover      ISBN: 0275932230

David Gleicher and Lonnie Stevans present a theory of occupational wage rates that is a classical alternative to human capital theory. They introduce the net employment reserve, a novel explanatory variable that measures the bargaining power of employees in an occupation. An econometric model which includes net reserves is designed and tested. Results suggest standard empirical tests of human capital theory are misspecified. Other topics include: the origin of the firm, screening hypothesis, wage-efficiency, internal labor markets, and labor-market segmentation. This work offers insight into the theoretical and econometric modeling of labor specialization, as well as wage-rate differentials among occupations. It addresses researchers and graduate students in labor economics, classical price theory, and general political economy.

Gleicher and Stevans design an empirical study of the determination of occupational wage-rates, testing the net reserve against other hypothesized variables. Their first two chapters model relative wage rates within a broad classical conception: a simple model of relative prices is extended by incorporating relative wage rates according to occupation and training services. (The authors discuss the implications of these extensions with regard to the labor theory of value.) A testable hypothesis is put forth in Chapters 3 and 4. The fifth and final chapter presents econometric results.

The Comparable Worth Controversy
The Comparable Worth Controversy
Paperback      ISBN: 0815700415

The well-documented gap between men's and women's earnings has aroused intense debate over the concept of comparable worth, that is, equal pay for work judged to be of equal value. Government, business, labor unions, and the courts have been forced to consider whether workers in dissimilar jobs of comparable worth—measured by such criteria as working conditions, degree of difficulty, and knowledge and responsibility required—should receive equal wages, and how wage adjustments can be implemented.The issue has provoked inflated rhetoric, litigation, and considerable confusion.

In this concise study, Henry J. Aaron and Cameran M. Lougy review the conditions that have sparked the debate and unravel the implications of comparable worth for employers in public and private sectors, for labor union agendas and employer-employee negotiations, and for the administrative and and judicial burdens of the nation's courts. The authors conclude with general guidelines for implementing wage adjustments in ways that would not seriously disrupt society or have a major impact on overall economic efficiency.

Conceptions of Fair Pay: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Research
Conceptions of Fair Pay
Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Research
Hardcover      ISBN: 0275934047

Organizational behavior theorists as well as compensation theorists agree that an understanding of the subjective pay fairness perceptions of employees is essential, but the fragmentation of recent research on the subject has made the topic difficult to approach. In this work, Miriam Dornstein attempts to alleviate the problem by providing a systematic and extensive review of writings that are specifically relevant to pay fairness evaluations, rather than to subjective justice in general. Her integrative approach examines the implications and applications of the entire spectrum of empirical research, taking into consideration scholars not only of different disciplines but of varying geographic areas.

The four-part structure of Dornstein's work leads the reader gradually to the subject. Part 1 begins the book with a schematic review of the sources of recent interest in pay fairness, while Part 2 provides an extensive review of relevant theories, their critiques, and major controversies. An outline of the important questions confronting empirical research and arising from the detailed theories is also provided, and leads into Part 3, an up-to-date survey of the empirical research that relates to these questions. The final section summarizes and evaluates the empirical findings in relation to the questions posed in Part 2, and concludes with a look at their implications for wage administration and policy. This work will be a useful resource for researchers and students in management, human resources, and organizational behavior, as well as a valuable addition to public and academic libraries.

Corporatism or Competition?
Corporatism or Competition?
Hardcover      ISBN: 0521590736

Corporatism or Competition? is concerned with the importance of institutions in determining labor market outcomes. There has been a great deal of research in the past ten years comparing wage differences, wage movements and employment behavior in different countries, none of which has been brought together in an organized and coherent fashion. The aim of this book is to fill the gap. The book is destined to become a standard work in labor economics.

Corporatism or Competition?: Labour Contracts, Institutions and Wage Structures in International Comparison
Corporatism or Competition?
Labour Contracts, Institutions and Wage Structures in International Comparison
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0521049393

Corporatism or Competition? is concerned with the importance of institutions in determining labor market outcomes. There has been a great deal of research in the past ten years comparing wage differences, wage movements and employment behavior in different countries, none of which has been brought together in an organized and coherent fashion. The aim of this book is to fill the gap. The book is destined to become a standard work in labor economics.

The Double Games of Participation: Pay, Performance and Culture
The Double Games of Participation
Pay, Performance and Culture
Hardcover      ISBN: 3110129728