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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is labor markets.


Six Superlative Sources

· Costa, Dora. The Evolution of Retirement: An American Economic History, 1880-1990. University of Chicago Press, 1998.

· Fishback, Price V. "Operations of 'Unfettered' Labor Markets: Exit and Voice in American Labor Markets at the Turn of the Century," Journal of Economic Literature, 1998, 36(2), 722-65.

· Goldin, Claudia. Understanding the Gender Gap: An Economic History of American Women. Oxford University Press, 1990.

· Goldin, Claudia. "Labor Markets in the Twentieth Century," in Stanley Engerman and Robert Gallman, editors, Cambridge Economic History of the United States, Volume 3, The Twentieth Century. Cambridge University Press, 2000.

· Jacoby, Sanford. Modern Manors: Welfare Capitalism since the New Deal. Princeton University Press, 1997.

· Margo, Robert A. "The Labor Force in the Nineteenth Century," in Stanley Engerman and Robert Gallman, editors, Cambridge Economic History of the United States, Volume 2, The Long Nineteenth Century. Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Other Excellent Sources

· Aldrich, Mark. Safety First: Technology, Labor and Business in the Building of American Work Safety, 1870-1939. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.

· Alston, Lee and Robert Higgs. "Contractual Mix in Southern Agriculture since the Civil War: Facts, Hypotheses and Tests," Journal of Economic History," 1982, 42(2), 327-54.

· Bernanke, Ben. "Employment, Hours, and Earnings in the Depression: An Analysis of Eight Manufacturing Industries," American Economic Review, 1986, 76(1), 82-109.

· Boal, William M. "Testing for Employer Monopsony in Turn-of-the-Century Coal Mining," Rand Journal of Economics, 1995, 26(3), 519-536.

· Brown, Martin, Jens Christiansen and Peter Philips. "The Decline of Child Labor in the U.S. Fruit and Vegetable Canning Industry: Law or Economics?" Business History Review, 1992, 66(4), 723-70.

· Buffum, David and Robert Whaples. "Fear and Lathing in the Michigan Furniture Industry: Employee-Based Discrimination a Century Ago," Economic Inquiry, 1995, 33(2), 234-52.

· Carter, Susan B. and Mark Prus, "The Labor Market and the American High School Girl, 1890-1928," Journal of Economic History, 1982, 42(1), 163-71.

· Carter, Susan B. and Richard Sutch, "The Myth of the Industrial Scrap Heap: A Revisionist View of Turn-of-the-Century American Retirement," Journal of Economic History, 1996, 56(1), 5-38.

· Carter, Susan B., Scott S. Gartner, Michael R. Haines, Alan L. Olmstead, and Richard Sutch, editors. Historical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Edition, Colonial Times to the Present. Cambridge University Press, 2001, 3 volumes and CD-ROM.

· Cloud, Patricia and David Galenson, "Chinese Immigration and Contract Labor in the Late Nineteenth Century," Explorations in Economic History, 1987, 24(1), 22-42.

· Collins, William J. "When the Tide Turned: Immigration and the Delay of the Great Black Migration," Journal of Economic History, 1997, 57(3), 607-632.

· Commons, John R. and Associates. History of Labor in the United States. Augustus Kelley, (originally 1921-1935), 1966, 4 volumes.

· Costa, Dora. "The Wage and the Length of the Work Day: From the 1890s to 1991," Journal of Labor Economics, 18(1), 156-81.

· Craig, Lee A. To Sow One Acre More: Childbearing and Farm Productivity in the Antebellum North. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993.

· Craig, Lee A. "The Political Economy of Public-Private Compensation Differentials: The Case of Federal Pensions," Journal of Economic History, 1995, 55(2), 304-20.

· Currie, Janet and Joseph Ferrie, "The Law and Labor Strife in the United States, 1881-1894," Journal of Economic History, 60(1), 42-66.

· Dubofsky, Melvyn. Industrialism and the American Worker, 1865-1920. Harlan Davidson, 1985 (second edition).

· Eichengreen, Barry. "The Impact of Late Nineteenth-Century Unions on Labor Earnings and Hours," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 1987, 40(4), 501-15.

· Elbaum, Bernard. "Why Apprenticeship Persisted in Britain but Not in the United States," Journal of Economic History, 1989, 49(2), 337-49.

· Ferrie, Joseph P. Yankeys Now: Immigrants in the Antebellum United States, 1840-1860. Oxford University Press, 1999.

· Fogel, Robert W. and Stanley L. Engerman. Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery. Little, Brown, 1974.

· Fink, Gary M. The Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills Strike of 1914-1915. ILR Press, 1993.

· Fishback, Price V. "Did Coal Miners 'Owe Their Souls to the Company Store'? Theory and Evidence from the Early 1900s," Journal of Economic History, 46(4), 1011-29.

· Fishback, Price V. Soft Coal, Hard Choices: The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930. Oxford University Press, 1992.

· Fishback, Price V. and Shawn E. Kantor, "Did Workers Gain from the Passage of Workers' Compensation Laws?" Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1995, 110(3), 713-42.

· Fishback, Price V. and Shawn E. Kantor, "Precautionary Saving, Insurance, and the Origins of Workers' Compensation," Journal of Political Economy, 104(2), 419-42.

· Freeman, Richard B. "Spurts in Union Growth: Defining Moments and Social Processes," in Michael D. Bordo, Claudia Goldin, and Eugene N. White, editors, The Defining Moment: The Great Depression and the American Economy in the Twentieth Century. University of Chicago Press, 1998.

· Friedman, Gerald. "Strike Success and Union Ideology: The United States and France, 1880-1914," Journal of Economic History, 1988, 48(1), 1-25.

· Galenson, David. "The Settlement and Growth of the Colonies: Population, Labor, and Economic Development," in Stanley Engerman and Robert Gallman, editors, The Cambridge Economic History of the United States, Volume 1, The Colonial Era. Cambridge University Press, 1996.

· Goldin, Claudia. "The Changing Economic Role of Women: A Quantitative Approach," Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 1983, 13, 707-33.

· Goldin, Claudia. "Monitoring Costs and Occupational Segregation by Sex: A Historical Analysis," Journal of Labor Economics, 1986, 4, 1-27.

· Goldin, Claudia. "Maximum Hours Legislation and Female Employment in the 1920s: A Reassessment," Journal of Political Economy, 1988, 96(1), 189-205.

· Goldin, Claudia. "Egalitarianism and the Returns to Education during the Great Transformation of Education in America," Journal of Political Economy, 1999, 107, S65-S94.

· Goldin, Claudia and Robert A. Margo. "The Great Compression: The Wage Structure in the United States at Mid-Century," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1992, 107(1), 1-34.

· Hannon, Joan. "City Size and Ethnic Discrimination: Michigan Agricultural Implements and Iron Working Industries, 1890," Journal of Economic History, 1982, 42(4), 825-45.

· Hatton, Timothy J. and Jeffrey G. Williamson. The Age of Mass Migration: Causes and Economic Impact. Oxford University Press, 1998.

· Hatton, Timothy J. and Jeffrey G. Williamson. "Unemployment, Employment Contracts, and Compensating Wage Differentials: Michigan in the 1890s," Journal of Economic History, 1991, 51(3), 605-32.

· Higgs, Robert. Competition and Coercion: Blacks in the American Economy, 1865-1914. Cambridge University Press, 1977.

· Higgs, Robert. "Firm-Specific Evidence on Racial Wage Differentials and Workforce Segregation," American Economic Review, 1977, 67(2), 236-45.

· Hunnicutt, Benjamin. Work without End: Abandoning Shorter Hours for the Right to Work. Temple University Press, 1988.

· Jacoby, Daniel. Laboring for Freedom: A New Look at the History of Labor in America. M.E. Sharpe, 1998.

· Jacoby, Sanford. Employing Bureaucracy: Managers, Unions and the Transformation of Work in American Industry, 1900-1945. Columbia University Press, 1985.

· Jacoby, Sanford and Sunil Sharma. "Employment Duration and Industrial Labor Mobility in the United States, 1880-1980," Journal of Economic History, 1992, 52(1), 161-79.

· Keyssar, Alexander. Out of Work: The First Century of Unemployment in Massachusetts. Cambridge University Press, 1986.

· LaCroix, Sumner and Price Fishback. "Firm-Specific Evidence on Racial Wage Differentials and Workforce Segregation in Hawaii's Sugar Industry," Explorations in Economic History, 1989, 26(4), 403-23.

· Lebergott, Stanley. Manpower in Economic Growth: The American Record since 1800. McGraw-Hill, 1964.

· Licht, Walter. Getting Work: Philadelphia, 1840-1950. Harvard University Press, 1992.

· Maloney, Thomas N. and Warren C. Whatley. "Making the Effort: The Contours of Racial Discrimination in Detroit's Labor Markets, 1920-1940," Journal of Economic History, 1995, 55(3), 465-93.

· Margo, Robert A. Race and Schooling in the South, 1880-1950: An Economic History. University of Chicago Press, 1990.

· Margo, Robert A. Wages and Labor Markets in the United States, 1820-1860. University of Chicago Press, 2000.

· Margo, Robert A. and T. Aldrich Finegan. "The Decline in Black Teenage Labor-Force Participation in the South, 1900-1970: The Role of Schooling," American Economic Review, 1993, 83(1), 234-47.

· McHugh, Cathy L. Mill Family: The Labor System in the Southern Cotton Textile Industry, 1880-1915. Oxford University Press, 1988.

· Moreno, Paul. From Direct Action to Affirmative Action: Fair Employment Law and Policy in America, 1933-1972. Louisiana State University Press, 1997.

· Mullin, Debbie. "A New Look at the Union Wage Premium during the Early Years of the AFL," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 51(2), 253-68.

· Murray, John E. "Human Capital in Religious Communes: Literacy and Selection of Nineteenth-Century Shakers," Explorations in Economic History, 1995, 32(2), 217-35.

· Nelson, Daniel. Managers and Workers: Origins of the New Factory System in the United States, 1880-1920. University of Wisconsin Press, 1975, revised 1995.

· O'Rourke, Kevin H. and Jeffrey G. Williamson. Globalization and History: The Evolution of a Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Economy. MIT Press, 1999.

· Owen, Laura J. "Worker Turnover in the 1920s: What Labor-Supply Arguments Don't Tell Us," Journal of Economic History, 55(4), 822-41.

· Raff, Daniel. "Wage Determination Theory and the Five-Dollar Day at Ford," Journal of Economic History, 1988, 48(2), 387-99.

· Ransom, Roger L. and Richard Sutch. "The Labor of Older Americans: Retirement of Men on and off the Job, 1870-1937," Journal of Economic History, 1986, 46(1), 1-30.

· Rodgers, Daniel T. The Work Ethic in Industrial America, 1850-1920. University of Chicago Press, 1978.

· Rosenbloom, Joshua. "Was There a National Labor Market at the End of the Nineteenth Century? New Evidence on Earnings in Manufacturing," Journal of Economic History, 1996, 56(3), 626-56.

· Rosenbloom, Joshua. "Strikebreaking and the Labor Market in the United States, 1881-1894," Journal of Economic History, 1998, 58(1), 183-205.

· Rothenberg, Winifred B. "The Emergence of Farm Labor Markets and the Transformation of the Rural Economy: Massachusetts, 1750-1855," Journal of Economic History, 48(3), 537-66.

· Seltzer, Andrew J. "The Effects of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 on the Southern Seamless Hosiery and Lumber Industries," Journal of Economic History, 1997, 57(2), 396-415.

· Shiells, Martha Ellen. "Collective Choice of Working Conditions: Hours in British and U.S. Iron and Steel, 1890-1923," Journal of Economic History, 50(2), 379-92.

· Sundstrom, William. "The Color Line: Racial Norms and Discrimination in Urban Labor Markets, 1910-1950," Journal of Economic History, 1994, 54(2), 382-96.

· Sundstrom, William. "Was There a Golden Age of Flexible Wages? Evidence from Ohio Manufacturing, 1892-1910," Journal of Economic History, 1990, 50(2), 309-20.

· Thomas, Keith, editor. The Oxford Book of Work. Oxford University Press, 1999.

· Tomlins, Christopher L. The State and the Unions: Labor Relations, Law, and the Organized Labor Movement in America, 1880-1960. Cambridge University Press, 1985.

· Whaples, Robert. "Winning the Eight-Hour Day, 1909-1919," Journal of Economic History, 1990, 50(2), 393-406.

· Whatley, Warren C. "Southern Agrarian Labor Contracts as Impediments to Cotton Mechanization," Journal of Economic History, 1987, 47(1), 45-70.

· Whatley, Warren C. "Getting a Foot in the Door: 'Learning,' State Dependence, and the Racial Integration of Firms," Journal of Economic History, 1990, 50(1), 43-66.

· Williamson, Jeffrey and Peter Lindert. "Three Centuries of American Inequality," Research in Economic History, 1976, 1, 69-123.

· Williamson, Jeffrey G. "Globalization, Labor Markets and Policy Backlash in the Past," Journal of Economic Perspectives, 12(4), 51-72.

· Wright, Gavin. "Labor History and Labor Economics," in Alexander Field, editor, The Future of Economic History. Kluwer-Nijhoff, 1987.

· Wright, Gavin. Old South, New South: Revolutions in the Southern Economy since the Civil War. Basic Books, 1986.

· Wright, Gavin, "The Civil Rights Revolution as Economic History," Journal of Economic History, 1999, 59(2), 267-89.

· Zieger, Robert H. American Workers, American Unions, 1920-1985. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986.

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