Product Market Structure and Labor Market Discrimination

Product Market Structure and Labor Market Discrimination

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While increased competition may generate economic efficiency and push employee compensation to market rates, it may also help reduce differential treatment for protected groups such as women, minorities, and the disabled. This book presents the most comprehensive body of empirical evidence on the connection between the product market and the extent of discrimination in labor markets. The contributors look at data from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Hong Kong in order to explore the product market's influence on discrimination against the disabled, the role of deregulation in creating competition and altering racial employment patterns, and the influence of privatization on public employees' earnings. Nuanced analyses, using best practice econometrics, lead the contributors to conclude that while competition helps equalize treatment of employees, it does not eliminate discrimination.
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  • Hardback | 234 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 079146623X
  • 9780791466230

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"This is a superbly written book that uses state-of-the-art techniques to build our knowledge of product market structure and labor market discrimination. The topic is central to labor economics and to public policies surrounding both industrial organization/product market regulation and to racial and gender antidiscrimination efforts."
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About John S. Heywood

John S. Heywood and James H. Peoples are Professors of Economics at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Heywood is the coeditor (with Michelle Brown) of Paying for Performance: An International Comparison, and Peoples is the editor of Regulatory Reform and Labor Markets.
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