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Looking for Work, Searching for Workers : American Labor Markets during Industrialization - Joshua L. Rosenbloom

Looking for Work, Searching for Workers

American Labor Markets during Industrialization

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Published: 22nd April 2002
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The dynamic character of American industrialization produced imbalances between the supply of and demand for labor across cities and regions. This book describes how employers and job-seekers responded to these imbalances to create networks of labor market communication and assistance capable of mobilizing the massive redistribution of population that was essential to maintain the rapid pace of the nation's economic growth between the Civil War and World War I. It combines a detailed description of the emerging labor market institutions with a careful analysis of a variety of quantitative evidence to assess the broader economic implications for geographic wage convergence and for American economic growth. Despite an expansion in the geographic scope of labor markets at this time, the evidence suggests that labor market institutions reinforced regional divisions within the United States and left a lasting impact on the evolution of many other aspects of the employment relationship.

'Rosenbloom develops a number of ... important themes in his carefully researched and rigorously argued book ... the author of Looking for Work, Searching for Workers rightfully takes his place as the leading authority on labour markets during America's industrial coming of age.' Business History
"Joshua Rosenbloom has provided a superb study of the operations of the U.S. labor market between the Civil War and World War I. The book weaves fascinating descriptions of the various ways in which employers and workers established connections together with clear summaries of an extensive amount of background quantitative work. The book is beautifully written and can be used by economist, historians, and students to obtain a clearer understanding of how markets work." Price Fishback, University of Arizona
"Rosenbloom writes very well, with an easy, graceful style, and he has a knack for the telling anecdote...Looking for Work is a well-written, engaging summary of an important body of research on the evolution of American labour markets. Economic historians and labour economists will want to have it on the shelf as a convenient reference." Industrial Relations
"...should be of interest to any serious student of North American labor history and labor market development." Canadian Journal of Sociology Online
"Joshua Rosenbloom has provided a superb study of the operations of the U.S. labor market between the Civil War and World War I. The book weaves fascinating descriptions of the various ways in which employers and workers established connections together with clear summaries of an extensive amount of background quantitative work. The book is beautifully written and can be used by economist, historians, and students to obtain a clearer understanding of how markets work." Price Fishback, University of Arizona
"In Looking for Work, Searching for Workers, Joshua Rosenbloom offers a persuasive and original analysis of American labor market institutions during an inmportant formative period. The highlights are the role of employer recruitment; geographical path dependence in labor markets; the trade-off between geographic mobility and investments in skill. A real breakthrough in the quest for a synthesis of economics and history." Gavin Wright, Stanford University
"This valuable study examines the interplay of market strictures, wage rates, and worker characteristics from the 1860's to the 1910's.... [T]he result is a convincing explanation of the nature of emloyment patterns in the U.S. Altogether, the books adds to understanding the sociological and historical context of labor markets during the era of industrialization. Recommended for academic collections, upper-division undergraduate through faculty." Choice
"Rosenbloom has given us a fantastic tour through the labor markets of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." Business History Review
"Joshua Rosenbloom provides a superb study of the operations of the U.S. labor market between the Civil War and World War I. The book weaves fascinating descriptions of the various ways in which employers and workers established connections together with clear summaries of an extensive amount of background quantitative work....This is an excellent book with a tremendous wealth of valuable material." Journal of Economic History

List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Labor Markets and American Industrializationp. 1
Job Seekers, Employers, and the Creation of Labor Market Institutionsp. 14
Employment Agencies and Labor Exchanges: The Impact of Intermediaries in the Market for Laborp. 46
Markets for Skilled Labor: External Recruitment and the Development of Internal Labor Marketsp. 80
One Market or Many? Intercity and Interregional Labor Market Integrationp. 114
Labor Market Integration and the Use of Strikebreakersp. 147
Labor Market Institutions and American Economic Growth: Lessons from the Nineteenth Centuryp. 173
Referencesp. 182
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9780521807807
ISBN-10: 0521807808
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 22nd April 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 15.7  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.43