Studies of Labor Market Intermediation

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David H. Autor
University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 2009 - Business & Economics - 456 pages

From the traditional craft hiring hall to the Web site Monster.com, a multitude of institutions exist to facilitate the matching of workers with firms. The diversity of such Labor Market Intermediaries (LMIs) encompasses criminal records providers, public employment offices, labor unions, temporary help agencies, and centralized medical residency matches. Studies of Labor Market Intermediation analyzes how these third-party actors intercede where workers and firms meet, thereby aiding, impeding, and, in some cases, exploiting the matching process.

By building a conceptual foundation for analyzing the roles that these understudied economic actors serve in the labor market, this volume develops both a qualitative and quantitative sense of their significance to market operation and worker welfare. Cross-national in scope, Studies of Labor Market Intermediation is distinctive in coalescing research on a set of market institutions that are typically treated as isolated entities, thus setting a research agenda for analyzing the changing shape of employment in an era of rapid globalization and technological change.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
I Reducing Search Costs
25
II Mitigating Adverse Selection
87
III Solving Collective Action Problems
233
The Special Case of Temporary Help Agencies
307
Contributors
437
Author Index
439
Subject Index
445
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David H. Autor is professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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