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Modern Labor Economics: Theory and Public Policy (11th Edition) Hardcover – March 12, 2011

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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 11 edition (March 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132540649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132540643
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Ronald G. Ehrenberg is the Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics at Cornell University and a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow. He is also Director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute. Ehrenberg received a BA in mathematics from Harpur College (SUNY Binghamton) in 1966 and a PhD in economics from Northwestern University in 1970. As a member of the Cornell faculty for 32 years, he has authored or co-authored over 120 papers, and authored or edited 20 books. He was the founding editor of Research in Labor Economics, and served a ten-year term as co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources. He has been a member of several editorial boards and a consultant to numerous governmental agencies and commissions, as well as numerous universities and private research corporations.

His recent research has focused on higher education issues. Ehrenberg has supervised the dissertations of thirty-nine PhD students and served on committees for countless more. He is also passionate about undergraduate education, involves undergraduate students in his research, and has co-authored papers with a number of these undergraduates. In 2003, ILR-Cornell awarded him the General Mills Foundation Award for Exemplary Undergraduate Teaching. In 2005, he was named a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, the highest award for undergraduate teaching that exists at Cornell.

Ehrenberg has served as a consultant to faculty and administrative groups as well as to trustees at a number of colleges and universities on issues relating to tuition and financial aid policies, faculty compensation policies, faculty retirement policies, and other budgetary, planning, and academic issues. Among the institutions he has worked with are Brandeis University, Oberlin College, Northeastern University, the University of North Carolina, the University of Chicago, Vanderbilt University, the U.S. Naval Academy, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Smith College, the Suffolk University Law School, and Albany University (SUNY).



Robert S. Smith, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, is also a professor in the school's Labor Economics Department. After receiving his PhD in Economics at Stanford University in 1971, he taught at the University of Connecticut and worked as an economist in the U.S. Department of Labor before coming to Cornell in 1974. He has authored numerous articles in the field of labor economics.

Professor Smith's research interests have centered on analyses of various labor market policies, especially those in the safety and health area. Most recently, he has served as co-principal investigator in the evaluation of the effects of two pilot programs in New York’s workers’ compensation program: one in the use of managed care and one in the use of alternative dispute resolution structures.

Professor Smith’s teaching has included the basic required labor economics courses for undergraduates and for students in the school’s professional master’s program. In 1999 he received the school’s General Mills Foundation Award for Innovation in Instruction.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book to use for my Labor Economics class at Cornell University. My professor, Professor Smith, is a contributor to this book and it was a wonderful supplement to the lectures. The book is filled with useful information and practical applications, so its appeal is not limited to economics students, but anyone who wishes to know more about payroll taxes, policy applications, work incentives and the like. This easy-to-understand book benefited me a lot and I would recommend its use to other courses in labor economics at other colleges and universities.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "oha001" on August 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was a teaching assistant in a labor economics undergraduate course in Northwestern University that used this book. I found it very interesting and full of real-world examples and discussions. The mathematical level is simple and therefore the book is accessible also to students with only little background in mathematics or economics. The exposition is clear. About half of the problems and the review questions are solved at the end of the book, making it possible for the reader to practice and test her understanding of the material. I believe that most students can understand most of the material in the book even without taking a formal course in labor economics, and therefore I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the functioning of labor markets.
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I'm reviewing the paperback international edition. I thought I'd save some money by ordering the paperback instead of the hardcover for my Labor Economics class. Problem is, the paperback version is missing about 130 pages. You can compare the hardcover and the softcover to verify. I got assigned to read chapters that aren't even in the book. Now I have to scramble and order a hardcover version.

Chapter 12: Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the Labor Market - (not in the paperback version)
Chapter 13: Unions and the Labor Market - (not in the paperback version)

Was I wrong to assume that they were the exact same book? I don't think so. But, I will admit not comparing the page lengths of book versions BEFORE I placed my order was an oversight on my part. Other than that, the book is good enough, I guess. It's not very mathematical. It's either very boring or only slightly boring, depending on your mood. It's also very informative though. The information, itself, is priceless, though. Labor is such an important part of the economy, so you could argue that the benefits of reading this book outweigh the costs.
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By Nathan Venturini on January 3, 2014
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Fun side note, this book resells quite well online. I suppose the more work you're willing to put in, the more you'll get out of it.

A good read if you've ever wondered why you get paid what you do. Or who is really in control of the labor market.

Terrible read if you've no interest in politics, your income, coworker, work-life balance, or why corporations do what they do.

Very little actual math involved. If you can read a graph, add, subtract, and understand why someone who makes $75,000 is more likely to eat out than someone who makes $12,000 then you'll understand this book.
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By shannon mccarthy on January 5, 2013
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dont be deceived by my "love" of this book- if we are talking about informationwise, and i would say yes, you get the bang for your buck, but it is still an economics text book, and i sincerely hope that your professor does more then just read straight out of the book. on a side note, there is a VERY helpful website with chapter summaries and practices quizzes... using this was the most beneficial thing i did all semester!
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By Ellen on September 16, 2014
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Im excellent condition
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Shao on November 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
This study guide was pretty good. The questions have a good mix of difficulty, and the samples and explanations really helped with a couple of the concepts that were pretty unclear in the book.
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