February 2007 (18)
Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Elizabeth del Rocío Camacho, Janice Kimball

IRLE News & Events
Spring 2007 Colloquium Series
UC Regents Approve the Miguel Contreras Program
2006-07 Labor and Employment Research Fund Grants Awarded to the UCB Campus
George Strauss Receives Lifetime Achievement Awards from LERA
Recent IRLE Working Papers
IRLE Working Papers: Annual Statistics and Top Ten Papers by Download

IRLE Program News
The Labor Center
California Public Employee Relations
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Institute of Industrial Relations Library
The Labor Project for Working Families

Campus Events
Center for Chinese Studies
Center for Latin American Studies
Economics Department
Haas School of Business
Institute of European Studies
Institute of Management, Innovation and Organization
Public Health


Spring Colloquia at IRLE

Additional presentations will be announced soon.
RSVP to Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu

Monday, January 29, 2007 - 12PM

"Executive Compensation: Pay without Performance"

Jesse Fried, Professor of Law, Boalt Hall School of Law
Faculty Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy


February 5, 2007

The Effects of Minimum Wages on Unemployment Durations

Roberto Pedace, Claremont Graduate University

February 12

"Teacher Pay: New Insights and Additional Data"

Sylvia Allegretto, Economist, Economic Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.


Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 12PM

"Unionizing Wal-Mart in China"
Co-sponsored with the Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley

Tong Xin, Vice Director, Sociology Department, Peking University; Director of the China Workers Research Center

UCLA and UC Berkeley Labor Programs Formally Recognized by the Regents Under the New Miguel Contreras Program

By Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations

BERKELEY – The University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Industrial Relations and Center for Labor Research and Education - along with their counterpart programs based at UCLA - will become affiliated with an umbrella virtual organization named for prominent state labor leader Miguel Contreras.

The UC Board of Regents' Subcommittee on Educational Policy today (Wednesday, Jan. 17) unanimously approved a proposal for the move. It was submitted by ex-officio UC Regent and State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) in honor of Contreras, the former head of the 800,000-strong Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. Contreras died in 2005 at the age of 52.

During the Regents' meeting at UCSF's Mission Bay complex, union supporters, rank-and-file workers and others - including Contreras' widow and labor activist Maria Elena Durazo, spoke about the significant contributions of Contreras as well as of UC's labor studies. UC President Robert Dynes, an ex-officio member of the Regents, also spoke in support of affiliating the UC Berkeley and UCLA labor efforts with the Miguel Contreras Labor Program.

The full Board of Regents then voted unanimously to approve the name at its January 18 meeting.

Contreras began union organizing at the age of 17 with the United Farmworkers Union, and became one of the most influential Latino leaders in Los Angeles. He also was a strong proponent of education, particularly for the children of low-income workers. Contreras mentored many aspiring political leaders, including Nunez.

Last week, Gov. Schwarzenegger proposed to eliminate state budget funding for the UC Berkeley, UCLA and additional system-wide labor programs administered through the UC Office of the President for the fourth time in three straight years. He dropped a similar tact last year after strong opposition within political circles as well as within academia and the labor field.

Nunez has predicted that the governor will reverse himself again and restore the funds. The UC Office of the President has also pledged to pursue continuation of state funding for the research programs, which represent the only labor research and education spending in the UC system.

University of California labor programs began 60 years ago when former UC President Clark Kerr founded and became the first director of the Institute of Industrial Relations at UC Berkeley. The same year, a similar institute was created at UCLA, and 20 years later, the Center for Labor Research and Education was established - one at each institute - to carry out service and outreach activities with union and community partners.

In 2000, new state budget appropriations of $6 million led to expanding existing programs at UC Berkeley and UCLA and established a statewide faculty research fund and financing for labor studies on all UC campuses. The funds are administered by the Office of the President.

In recent years, UC labor research has focused on employment trends, union density, health care policy, and job quality in immigrant and African American communities. Education programs have included leadership development programs for union leaders, and for women and people of color.

2006-07 Labor and Employment Research Fund Grants Awarded to the UCB Campus

Faculty Grants

Research and Data Generation Grants

Clair Brown, Economics
How Are California's High-Tech Engineers Affected by Immigration?

William Dow, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Employer-Level Effects of an Employer Health Spending Mandate

Peter Evans, Sociology
Building Public Data on Global Corporations and Labor Rights Campaigns

Sean Farhang, Public Policy
Private Litigation, Public Regulation, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Sylvia Guendelmann, Public Health
Balancing Work and Family: The Relationship between Pre and Postpartum Maternity Leave Arrangements and Breastfeeding

Terry Huwe, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Digitization of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, Proceedings and Papers, Phase I

Enrico Moretti, Economics
Social Interactions, Peer Effects and Optimal Workplace Diversity: Evidence from California Supermarket Workers

John Quigley, Public Policy
Housing, Commuting and Working Families: Affordability Conditions in Metropolitan Areas

Emmanuel Saez, Economics
The Effects of Tax and Transfer Information on Labor Supply Behavior: Evidence from a Field Experiment with H&R Block

Graduate Student Awards

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
Kritel Acacio, Sociology
Constructing an Immigrant Ethnic Niche: The Role of the Migration Industry in Recruiting Filipino Nurses to the United States

Carl (Barry) Eidlin, Sociology
Strategic Response to Organizational Crisis/Opportunity: The Transformation of U.S. and Canadian Unions, 1933-1955

Erik Howell, Architechture
Building the Workers' Public Sphere: Urban Space and Class Relations in San Francisco's Mission District, 1906-1970

Gretchen Purser, Sociology
Mopping Up and Wringing Out the Contemporary Reserve Army of Labor: the Day Labor Industry in Oakland and Baltimore Lucas Ronconi, Public Policy
Enforcement and Complicance with Labor Regulations in Latin America

Kerry Woodward, Sociology
Beyond 'Work First': An Empowering Approach to Welfare to Work Programs

Pre-Dissertation and Master's Fellowships

Erin Metcalf, Economics
The Local Labor Market Impacts of Immigration: A General Equilibrium Analysis

Suresh Naidu, Economics
The Effects of a Strike on Political Behavior: Evidence from California Grocery Workers

Mark Nelson, Sociology
The Keys to Enhancing Racial Diversity in the Skilled Trades: A Comparison of Affirmative Action Strategies in Memphis, Seattle, and Washington, D. D.


Daniel Acland, Economics
The Effect of Minimum Wage Termination on Wages: Evidence from State Minimum Wage Laws in the 1920's

Ming Chen, Law
Your Family and Your Future: Jobs and Education as 'Pull Factors' for Undocumented Migrants in California

Shannon Gleeson, Sociology
The Intersection of Legal Status and Stratification - The Paradox of Immigration Law and Labor Protections in the United States

Gabriel Hetland, Sociology
The Labor of Community and the Community of Labor: Understanding Union, Community and State Collaboration Against the Neoliberal Logic of the Market In New York City's Retail Sector

Michael Levien, Sociology
Counter-Hegemonic Globalization in India: The National Alliance of People's Movements

Taek-Jin Shin, Sociology
Shareholder Value Firms and American Labor Market, 1980-2000

Other Recent Sponsored Research

Juliann Sum

Funder: California Dept. of Industrial Relations
Project Title: Technical Support to Clarify and Streamline Workers' Compensation Rights and Procedures

Abstract: Legislative and regulatory changes continue to pose challenges for injured workers, employers, insurers, unions, and other participants in the workers' compensation system. Juliann Sum has been providing on-going technical support to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation. Her work at this time will focus on the following areas: return-to-work; analysis of the impact of medical care reforms; coordinating occupational and non-occupational medical services; Meetings on access and fraud issues.

Marcy Whitebook

Funder: Rutgers University
Project Title: New Jersey Preschool Director Survey

Abstract: The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California at Berkeley, is collaborating with the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers to conduct a survey of Abbott Preschool teachers, by developing and implementing a companion survey of Abbott Preschool directors of community-based centers. Their goals are to understand directors' experience and perspectives on the challenges and successes involved in integrating Abbott Preschool classrooms into their existing programs, developing an expanded and more highly education preschool teacher workforce within a relatively short period of time, and the impacts of these teacher personnel issues on other areas of program operation.

Marcy Whitebook

Funder: The Schumann Fund for New Jersey
Project Title: New Jersey Preschool Director Survey

Abstract: This funding from The Schumman Fund of New Jersey will support the Abbott Preschool study that Marcy Whitebook and her Center are conducting with the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.

George Strauss Receives Lifetime Achievement Awards from LERA

In January the Labor Employment Research Association (formerly the IRRA) conferred its Lifetime Achievement Award on both GeorgeStrauss, . This much-deserved recognition reflects George sustained efforts in teaching, research and writing. Another of our faculty, David Brody, is a previous recipient of this award. IRLE is proud to join LERA in recognizing two of our own distinguished emeriti.

Recent IRLE Working Papers

Clair Brown and Greg Linden, "Semiconductor Engineers in a Global Economy" (January 25, 2007). Institute of Industrial Relations. Institute of Industrial Relations Working Paper Series. Paper iirwps-143-07.

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Sebastian Etchemendy and Ruth Berins Collier, "Down But Not Out: The Recovery of a Downsized Labor Movement in Argentina (2002-2006)" (January 25, 2007). Institute of Industrial Relations. Institute of Industrial Relations Working Paper Series. Paper iirwps-141-07.


The shift from state-led ISI to more market-oriented economic models often has the result of shrinking and demobilizing the labor movement. Yet, evidence from Argentina suggests that a subsequent resurgence of even a down-sized labor movement may occur and furthermore that "neocorporatist" patterns may be established in the new economic context. We examine the recent resurgence of the Argentine labor movement and the establishment of a new form of interest intermediation, more akin to that in the more coordinated economies in Europe than to either liberal or traditional populist forms. We argue that the emergence of such a pattern may be driven by economic and political factors that are both immediate and longer-term. In addition to the short-term condition of the labor market and the political strategy of the government in power, of longer-term importance are structural and institutional conditions that derive from the earlier process of market reform, specifically the nature of sectoral shifts in the economy and the degree of labor law deregulation affecting the "associational power" of unions.

Rucker C. Johnson and Robert F. Schoeni, "The Influence of Early-Life Events on Human Capital, Health Status, and Labor Market Outcomes Over the Life Course " (January 2, 2007). Institute of Industrial Relations. Institute of Industrial Relations Working Paper Series. Paper iirwps-140-07.


Using nationally representative data from the US, this study provides evidence on the relationship between early life conditions and cognition, human capital accumulation, labor market outcomes, and health status in adulthood. We find that poor health at birth and limited parental resources (including low income, lack of health insurance, and unwanted pregnancy) interfere with cognitive development and health capital in childhood, reduce educational attainment, and lead to worse labor market and health outcomes in adulthood. These effects are substantial, and they are robust to the inclusion of sibling fixed effects and an extensive set of controls. The results reveal that low birth weight ages you by 12 years, increases the odds of dropping out of high school by one-third, lowers labor force participation by 5 percentage points, and reduces labor market earnings by roughly 15 percent. Not only are socioeconomic factors determinants of poor birth outcomes, but they also influence the lasting impacts of poor infant health when it occurs. In particular, the negative long-run consequences of low birth weight are larger among children whose parents did not have health insurance. While poor birth outcomes reduce human capital accumulation, this consequence explains only 10% of the total effect of low birth weight on labor market earnings. The study also finds that racial differences in adult health can be explained by a few early life factors: birth weight, parental income, and parental health insurance coverage. Finally, the paper sheds light on the well known strong relationship between education and health outcomes; we find that sibling models that account for time-invariant family factors reduce the effects of education on health substantially, but the remaining effects are large. Taken together, the evidence is consistent with a negative reinforcing intergenerational transmission of disadvantage within the family; parental economic status influences birth outcomes, birth outcomes have long reaching effects on health and economic status in adulthood, which in turn leads to poor birth outcomes for one's own children.

Ximing Wu and Jeffrey M. Perloff, "Information-Theoretic Deconvolution Approximation of Treatment Effect Distribution" (January 25, 2007). Institute of Industrial Relations. Institute of Industrial Relations Working Paper Series. Paper iirwps-142-07.


This study proposes an information-theoretic deconvolution method to approximate the entire distribution of individual treatment effect. This method uses higher-order information implied by the standard average treatment effect estimator to construct a maximum entropy approximation to the treatment effect distribution. This method is able to approximate the underlying distribution even if it is entirely random or dependent on unobservable covariates. The asymptotic properties of the proposed estimator is discussed. This estimator is shown to minimize the Kullback-Leibler distance between the underlying distribution and the approximations. Monte Carlo simulations and experiments with real data demonstrate the efficacy and flexibility of the proposed deconvolution estimator. This method is applied to data from the U.S. Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) program to estimate the distribution of its impact on individual earnings.

IRLE Working Paper Downloads: Top Ten Papers

Full-Text Downloads for July 1, 2005 through December 31, 2006 for the IRLE Working Paper Series

Total Downloads, All Papers: 126,448

Top Ten Papers by Downloads

Arin Dube, Barry Eidlin and Bill Lester:
Impact of Wal-Mart Growth on Earnings throughout the Retail Sector in Urban and Rural Countieshttp:

Marcy Whitebook:
Working for worthy wages: The child care compensation movement, 1970-2001

George Strauss
The Future of Human Resources Management

James R. Lincoln, Didier Guillot
Durkheim and Organizational Culture

Christina L. Ahdmadjian, James R. Lincoln
Keiretsu, Governance, and Learning: Case Studies in Change from the Japanese Automotive Industry

Jeffrey A. Alexander, Joan R. Bloom, and Beverly A. Nuchols
Nursing Turnover and Hospital Efficiency: An Organization Level Analysis

Jeffrey Alexander, Beverly Nuchols, Joan Bloom, and Shoou-Yih D. Lee
Organizational Demography and Turnover: An Examination of Multiform and Non-Linear Heterogeneity

Joan R. Bloom, Jeffrey A. Alexander, and Beverly A. Nuchols
Staffing Patterns and Hospital Efficiency

Clair Brown, Michael Reich, and David Stern
Becoming a High-Performance Work Organization: The Role of Security, Employee Involvement, and Training

Ximing Wu and Jeffrey M. Perloff
China's Income Distribution, 1985-2001

IRLE Program News

The Labor Center

New grants:

Carol Zabin received a grant from the San Francisco Foundation to support her work on "Solving the Direct Support Staffing Crisis in Developmental Disabilities in California."

Arindrajit Dube (with William H. Dow of the UCB School of Public Health) received a 2007 Labor and Employment Research Fund grant for their research project on "Employer-Level Effects of an Employer Health Spending Mandate."

New staff:

The Labor Center welcomes two new staff members:

Kathleen Seasons, who had been working as a temp, recently accepted a permanent position with the Admin team. Among her many responsibilities, she is coordinate logistics for the Labor Center's various trainings, workshops, and other events.

Sandra Laughlin has just accepted an offer to join the Labor Center's Admin team as a database assistant. She will begin her tenure by overseeing the project of getting the Labor Center's new state-of-the-art database software up and running.


Financial Skills Workshop

This two-day class will be held Thursday and Friday, February 22 and 23, 2007, from 9:00-4:00 pm at the IRLE building. It is designed for union leaders with responsibility for managing union funds. It is also suitable for department directors who have responsibility for large budgets. We encourage decision-makers to attend with staff who are responsible for financial duties. Taught by Katie Quan and Geoffrey Bauman. You may register online at: http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/workshops/index.shtml or call Kathleen Seasons (510- 643-4312) for more information.

California Lead Organizers Institute - registration deadline February 12
This leadership school will be held March 12-16, and is for lead organizers from union and community-based organization who want to enhance their campaign skills and their understanding of the critical issues affecting working people in California. You may register online at http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/leadershipschools/ or call Veronica Carrizales (510-642-9249) for more information.

California Public Employee Relations

CPER just went to press with Issue No. 182 (February 2007).

The journal starts out the new year with an article by Alan Hersh, legal counsel for the Contra Costa Country Unified School District. Hersh addresses the conflict between employees wishing to express their religion and public school employers hoping to impose restrictions that will keep the public workplace neutral. The article discusses concerns regarding the wearing of religious garb, conflicts between religious ceremonies and work schedules, use of interoffice mail for religious material, and religious displays at work stations.

A second main article reports on novel employment issues that have arisen under two acts which govern court employees (Trial Court Employment Protection and Governance Act) and trial court interpreters (Trial Court Interpreter Employment and Labor Relations Act). These are relatively new statutes with very little case law, yet they present some interesting issues for the courts in their role as employer of over 20,000 employees in California. Coauthors, Tula Bogdanos and Dena Graff, are attorneys with the Administrative Office of the Courts, the agency of the Judicial Council that has policymaking authority over the state court system.

In a lengthy opinion that reads like a scholarly law review article, the Sixth District Court of Appeal has announced that a public agency cannot penalize one of its employees for refusing to answer incriminating questions unless the employer first grants or offers the employee immunity -- a binding pledge not to use the employees answers in any criminal prosecution. CPER Editor Carol Vendrillo has written an article on this case, Spielbauer v. County of Santa Clara.

The entire table of contents for this issue and past issues is online at the CPER web site, http://cper.berkeley.edu/.

Other CPER news...Carol Vendrillo will attend an advisory meeting of the Public Employment Relations Board in January. Once, again, CPER is cosponsoring the State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section's Annual Public Sector Program in Sacramento, on April 20. For more information, check the web site for the State Bar, http://www.calbar.ca.gov/.

Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

CSCCE staff have been instrumental in developing a new Undergraduate Minor in interdisciplinary Studies in Early Childhood at the UC Berkeley campus. The program formally got under way in January, with Marcy Whitebook co-teaching the core class, "Perspectives on the Young Child in Society."

Institute of Industrial Relations Library

New Grants:

Terry Huwe was funded by the UC Labor and Education Research Fund for the following Project:

"Digitization of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, Proceedings, Papers and Labor History Files, Phase I"

This proposed research will enable the first phase of the creation of a digital repository of twentieth century labor resources, which fan outward from the proceedings of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO (CalFed). The project would enable the digitization of CalFed's full run of proceedings, constitutions, legislative voting records and other internal documents. These in turn will be matched with digitized files from the Institute of Industrial Relations Library's (IRLEL's) Non-Book Collection­which is a well-indexed, high quality collection of reports, theses, government documents and union publications, all of which are organized by industry and topic. The resulting archive will be accessible to all researchers with Internet access. The second phase, to be pursued in future funding cycles, would expand the scope of the archive, drawing more deeply on IRLEL's Non Book Collection and other resources.

New Web & Publications Employee:

On February 1, Heather Lynch will be joining the Library staff as a full time Web programmer. She will work closely with Elizabeth on all IRLE Web services, and will enable us to increase our services to faculty, staff and the program units. In addition to assisting Elizabeth with all things Web, Heather will also be heavily involved in IRLE print publications, including the creation of policy briefs, a high profile annual report, etc. Elizabeth will try to introduce everybody to Heather, as her work will have an impact on most functions here at IRLE. You can find Heather in the front of the Library Commons with Janice and Elizabeth, and her telephone number will be announced soon.

Intranet Enhancements and New Server

Now that the Library has hired Heather Lynch, we are going to begin the long-awaited upgrade to the IRLE Intranet. We are acquiring a new server for this purpose, and we will be able to offer many new capabilities over time. These include: directories for staff to store files for Web access, room scheduling via CalAgneda; Wikis that can be used for research and private communications; a "Facebook" with photos of staff and room for posting information securely; comprehensive links to UCB and IRLE documents, forms and online campus services; secure preservation of datasets; secure directories for faculty; and more. The New Intranet will take time to "roll out," so we ask for you patience­-nonetheless, we plan to make a big push so that IRLE can see the Intranet as a "community building" tool. Staff will make lunch time presentations as the project gets going.

Library Commons and Information Gateway Update

The Library staff is moving more recent journal articles into the reading area, and we are reinstating several subscriptions for journals in our areas of study. Also, at the end of the February, there will be some finish work down on the bookshelves.

Our thanks to everyone for bearing with us while we implement the full installation of public access workstations in the Library Commons. Target date for completion: February 5. There will be 5 desktops in the Gateway itself, and 2 in the Visiting Scholar area (leaving room for travelers with laptops). In addition, the entire space has AirBears WiFi.

Important Workstation Use Notice: Of the five total workstations available in the Information Gateway, two will be completely available for use by non-UC patrons, e.g., they won't need a CalNet ID login to use the systems. Secondly, all systems will have Microsoft Office loaded, and will be available for task-oriented works (word processing, spreadsheets, etc) in addition to conducting library database research. Our special thanks go to Robert and Simon for bringing this excellent new service point up and running.

The Labor Project for Working Families

Labor Project for Working Families Launches NEW Website

The Labor Project for Working Families LPWF) launched its NEW website, http://www.working-families.org in January 2007. The LPWF website is an excellent resource for union members, negotiating teams, organizers, policy makers, and community based organizations for information about family friendly workplaces. The website is enriched with the latest news and publications on work and family issues. It offers many resources and materials that can be downloaded at no charge.

For a full listing of LPWF's many initiatives, visit their NEW web site:

NEW Toolkit for labor organizations: Flex Pack

The Labor Project for Working Families recently released a new resource for labor organizations - the Flex Pack.

Visit http://www.working-families.org/organize/flexpack.html to download a free copy or purchase a hard copy ($5 each or bulk prices available). You can also email info@working-families.org or call (510) 643-7088 to place an order or learn more about this resource.

Campus Events

Center for Chinese Studies

February 7, 2007
3401 Dwinelle Hall
12 pm
Adrian Hearn, University of Technology Sydney
"China's Engagement with Latin America: Economic and Political Implications"

February 21, 2007
2521 Channing Way
12 pm
Xin Tong, Director, The Research Center of China's Workers, Peking University "Unionizing Wal-mart in China"
Co-sponsored with Center for Labor Research and Education, Institute of Industrial Relations

Center for Latin American Studies

Series: Cine Latino
Wednesday, February 7, 7:00 pm
Room 160, Kroeber Hall

Maquilapolis, by Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre (2006)
Directors Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre gave Tijuana factory workers a six-week video workshop, lent them cameras and gave them free rein in presenting their lives. The resulting film dispenses with the pitying formula of many labor-centered documentaries, instead presenting intelligent women awakening to their rights and doing something about it. 68 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Economics Department

Economics 218, Psychology and Economics Seminar
608-7 Evans Hall

February 13, 2007
Raj Chetty, U.C. Berkeley
"Salience and Taxation: Theory and Evidence from a Field Experiment"

February 22, 2007
Joint Seminar with Labor Economics
Alan Krueger, Princeton University
"National Time Accounting: The Currency of Life"

Economics 222, Seminar on Innovation
C-325 Haas School

February 21, 2007
Steven Klepper, Carnegie-Mellon University

The Geography of Organizational Knowledge

Economics 231, Public Finance Seminar
608-7 Evans Hall

January 29, 2007
Amy Finkelstein, MIT
"EZ-Tax: Tax Salience and Tax Rates"

February 5, 2007
Mark Duggan, University of Maryland
Causes and Consequences of the Rise in Disability Enrollment: Evidence for the Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Compensation Program

February 26, 2007
Richard Rogerson, Arizona State University

Economics 251, Labor Economics Seminar
608-7 Evans Hall

February 15, 2007
Robert MacMillan, University of Toronto (visiting UC Berkeley)

February 22, 2007
Alan Kruger, Princeton University
- Joint with Psychology & Economics Seminar -

Haas School of Business

Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Spring 2007 Colloquium
330 Cheit Hall
4 - 5:30 pm

January 24, 2007
Jo-Ellen Pozner, Northwestern University

February 7, 2007
Henrich Greve, Norwegian School of Management

February 14, 2007
Nydia MacGregor and Connson Locke, Haas PhD candidates

February 21, 2007
Michael Morris, Columbia Business School

February 28, 2007
Daniel Ames, Columbia Business School

Institute of European Studies

Globalization Comes Home: How Globalization is Transforming the West
February 1-3, 2007
223 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley

The Globalization Comes Home Project explores how globalization - once synonymous with "Westernization" - has become a force unto itself, coming back to challenge the political and legal institutions, economic landscape, and cultural foundations of Western industrial democracies. Over 30 scholars from the U.S. and abroad have drafted papers for this project. The papers will be presented at this conference, edited, and then published by Praeger Publishers in a 3-volume set.

  • The first day, February 1st, will deal with issues related to Politics and Law. Participants will explore the transformation of political processes and governmental institutions by globalization, as well as the resulting changes in the enactment, enforcement, and interpretation of the law.
  • The second day, February 2nd, will deal with issues related to Business and the Economy. Participants will focus on how globalization is affecting the U.S. domestic economy, including macroeconomic processes, trade flows, business practices, and consumer behavior.
  • The last day, February 3rd, will deal with issues related to Culture and Society. Participants will discuss the impact of globalization on such aspects of American life as religion, education, family and community life, as well as on the mass media and the arts.

Institute of Management, Innovation and Organization

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis
C325 Cheit Hall

February 1, 2007
Preston McAfee, Cal Tech
"Firms, Queues, and Coffee Breaks: A Flow Model of the Corporation with Human Delays"

February 8, 2007
James Anton, Duke Fuqua
Quality Upgrades and (the Loss of) Market power in a Dynamic Monopoly Model

February 15, 2007
Eric Van den Steen, MIT Sloan
Interpersonal Authority in a Theory of the Firm

February 22, 2007
Nick Bloom, Stanford
It Ain't What You Do,it's How You Do IT: Investigating the US Productivity Miracle Using Multinationals

Public Health

Tuesday, February 13, from 12:40 to 2:00 pm, in 415 Warren Hall (School of Public Health):


In the annals of American nativism, opponents of immigration often cast their opposition to newcomers as resistance to a public health menace. In an earlier era immigrant groups such as the Irish, the Southern Italians, and Eastern European Jews were stigmatized as disease carriers and their views on the causes and cures of disease ridiculed by the native-born, including physicians. Today, the U.S. is again in the midst of an immigration wave, primarily from Asia and Latin America, and again there is controversy. However, greater appreciation of the country's ethnic pluralism has diminished the medicalized prejudices of the past, while health care institutions seek to care for patients in a culturally sensitive environment.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Health Research, the Institute for the Study of Social Change, the Program in Jewish Studies , and the Health and Immigration Consortium

Wednesday, February 14, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, in 3335 Dwinelle (Level C):


How many Americans have been born or treated for illness in a hospital named Mt. Sinai, Zion, or Beth Israel? Following the example of St. Vincent's St. Joseph's and other Catholic hospitals that sought to combine care of the body and soul, Jewish hospitals offered Jewish patients, especially the immigrant poor, spiritual comfort and charitable care as early as the 1850s. As Jewish immigration increased, so did the number of Jewish hospitals. Opening their doors to non-Jews as well as Jews, they contributed significantly to the number of beds available to needy patients of all races and creeds. And as more young Jews sought careers in medicine, Jewish hospitals became critical in providing a prejudice-free environment for medical training. However, by the early twenty-first century most Jewish hospitals succumbed to the same high costs and government regulations that strangled other voluntary hospitals, leaving their names and the Star of David as reminders of who founded these hospitals and why.

Based on Kraut's new book, Covenant of Care: Newark Beth Israel and the Jewish Hospital in America (Rutgers University Press, 2007).

Co-sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies, the Institute for the Study of Social Change, the Center for Health Research, and the Health and Immigration Consortium.