Eileen Appelbaum

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Eileen Appelbaum joined the Center for Economic Policy and Research in 2010 after eight years at Rutgers University as Professor and Director of the Center for Women and Work. Previously she held positions as Research Director at the Economic Policy Institute and as Professor of Economics at Temple University. Her research focuses on work processes and work-life practices of organizations and their implications for organizational effectiveness and for the quality of jobs. Publications include the co-edited volume, Low Wage America: How Employers Are Reshaping Opportunity in the Workplace (2003) and the coauthored books, Manufacturing Advantage: Why High Performance Work Systems Pay Off (2000) and The New American Workplace: Transforming Work Systems in the US (1994), all three of which were selected by Princeton University as Noteworthy Books in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics. Recently published reports and articles include "Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with California Paid Family Leave,” “Work Process and Quality of Care in Early Childhood Education,” “Low-Wage Work in High-Income Economies,” and “High Touch and Here-to-Stay: Future Skills Demands in US Low Wage Service Occupations.”  She has published widely on wage and employment trends in industrialized countries and on the workplace and work-life practices of firms. She has held visiting positions at the University of Manchester Business School (MBS) in the UK, at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, at the University of South Australia, and the University of Massachusetts. She was President of the Labor and Employment Relations Associaton in 2010. She received the PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


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