Press Articles on the Economics of Labor

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Australia’s Bricklayers Face Robot Challenge By RACHEL PANNETT, The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 17, 2015. ["What do you do when a hot property-market has driven bricklayer salaries to nearly $100,000 a year in Australian cities such as Sydney? Call in the robots."]

A World Without Work By DEREK THOMPSON, The Atlantic, JULY/AUGUST 2015. [For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?]

Want a say on pay? Tell them what you make. By Steven Pearlstein, Published: May 23, 2014. [Pay grows faster when employees know what others earn.]

The Great Divide: Who Will Prosper in the New World By TYLER COWEN, The Opinionator (blog), The New York Times, August 31, 2013. [Who will prosper in the new, increasingly automated world?]

The Great Divide: How Technology Wrecks the Middle Class By DAVID H. AUTOR AND DAVID DORN, Opinionator: The Great Divide (blog), The New York Times, August 24, 2013. [Technology is creating jobs — but at the upper and lower ends of the spectrum. The outlook for the middle class may rely on “new artisans” who combine technical and interpersonal skills.]

Workweek Woes By JOHN DE GRAAF, The New York Times, April 12, 2003.

Risk management for the masses: We have the financial technology to cope with growing economic risks By Robert Shiller, The Economist, March 20th 2003.

Women's Salaries Spark Upheavals in Family Roles By SUE SHELLENBARGER, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, February 20, 2003.

China's Coal Miners Risk Danger for a Better Wage By JOSEPH KAHN, The New York Times, January 28, 2003.

REVIEW & OUTLOOK: Money and Class Editorial, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, January 9, 2003.

Company Loyalty Falls Out of Favor in Japan By KEVIN VOIGT, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, September 9, 2002.

Laid-Off Workers Swelling the Cost of Disability Pay By LOUIS UCHITELLE, The New York Times, September 2, 2002.

Shop Till Eggs, Diapers, Toothpaste Drop By JOHN TIERNEY, The New York Times, August 28, 2002.

Group Says Course Training Still Breaks Along Sex Lines By DIANA JEAN SCHEMO, The New York Times, June 7, 2002.

Officers May Gain More Than Investor in Move to Bermuda By DAVID CAY JOHNSTON, The New York Times, May 20, 2002.

A Parched Job Market Greets New Graduates By DAVID KOEPPEL, The New York Times, May 12, 2002.

Good Work, Well Done: a Psychological Study By HOWARD GARDNER, The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 22, 2002.

Overtime for Police Since Attack Lifts Pay, and Incentive to Retire By KEVIN FLYNN, The New York Times, November 2, 2001.

New Economy, Same Harassment Problems By SUSAN E. REED, The New York Times, August 12, 2001.