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2009

Iowa State University

Public Economics

Joshua L. Rosenbloom

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Labor-Market Regimes In U.S. Economic History, Joshua L. Rosenbloom, William A. Sundstrom Jun 2009

Labor-Market Regimes In U.S. Economic History, Joshua L. Rosenbloom, William A. Sundstrom

Joshua L. Rosenbloom

In much economic analysis it is a convenient fiction to suppose that changes over time in wages and employment are determined by shifts in supply or demand within a more or less competitive market framework Indeed, this framework has been effectively deployed to understand many episodes in American economic history. We argue here, however, that by minimizing the role of labor-market institutions such an approach is incomplete. Drawing on the history of American labor markets over two centuries, we argue that institutions—by which we mean both formal and informal rules that constrain the choices of economic agents—have played ...