Industries, Firms, and Jobs

Sociological and Economic Approaches

  • George Farkas
  • Paula England

Part of the Springer Studies in Work and Industry book series (SSWI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Arne L. Kalleberg, Ivar Berg
      Pages 3-17
  3. Economic Segmentation Reconsidered

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-22
    2. Robert T. Averitt
      Pages 23-42
    3. Jerry A. Jacobs, Ronald L. Breiger
      Pages 43-63
  4. Industrial Structure and Markets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-92
    2. George Farkas, Paula England, Margaret Barton
      Pages 93-112
    3. E. M. Beck, Glenna S. Colclough
      Pages 113-139
  5. Firms and Internal Labor Markets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-157
    2. Oliver E. Williamson
      Pages 159-185
  6. The Future of Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-246
    2. Randy Hodson
      Pages 247-279
    3. Leann Tigges
      Pages 281-301
    4. William Form, Robert L. Kaufman, Toby L. Parcel, Michael Wallace
      Pages 303-328
  7. Sociological and Economic Approaches to the Study of Industries, Firms, and Jobs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-329
    2. Paula England, George Farkas
      Pages 331-346
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 347-349

About this book


This book is a welcome reassertion of an old tradition of interdisdplinary research. That tradition has tended to atrophy in the last decade, largely because of an enormous expansion of the domain of neoc1assical economics. The expansion has fed on two sdentific developments: first, human capital theory; second, contract theory. Both developments have taken phenomena critical to the operation of the economy but previously understood in terms of categories separate and distinct from those with which economists generally work and sought to apply the same analytical techniques that we use to understand other economic problems. Human capital theory has applied conventional techniques to questions of labor supply. It began this endeavor with the supply of trained labor and then expanded to a general theory of labor supply by broadening the analysis to the allocation of time over the individual's life, the interdependendes of supply decisions within the family, and finally to the formation of the family itself. Similarly, contract theory has moved from a theory that explains the existence of c10sed economic institutions to a theory of their formation and internaioperation. The hallmark of both of these developments is the extension and applica­ tion of analytical techniques based on purposive maximization under con­ traints and the interaction of individual decision makers through a com­ petitive market or its analogue.


capital capitalism economics economy Institution interaction labor market management Nation occupations organization organizations productivity sociology technology

Editors and affiliations

  • George Farkas
    • 1
  • Paula England
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social SciencesUniversity of Texas at DallasRichardsonUSA

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