Freeman RB, Gelber A. “Prize Structure and Information in Tournaments: Experimental Evidence,” . American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. 2010;2 (1) :149-164. Publisher's VersionAbstract
This paper examines behavior in a tournament in which we vary the tournament prize
structure and the information available about participants' skill at the task of solving mazes. The number of solved mazes is lowest when payments are independent of performance; higher when a single, large prize is given; and highest when multiple, differentiated prizes are given. This result is strongest when we inform participants about the number of mazes they and others solved in a pre-tournament round. Some participants reported that they solved more mazes than they actually solved, and this misreporting also peaked with multiple differentiated prizes.
Freeman R. What Does Global Expansion of Higher Education Mean for the United States?. In: American Universities in a Global Market. University of Chicago Press for NBER ; 2010. pp. 373-404. Publisher's Version
Dube A, Freeman R. Complementarity of Shared Compensation and Decision-Making Systems: Evidence from the American Labor Market. In: Shared Capitalism: The Economic Issues. Russell Sage Foundation for NBER ; 2009.
Chang T, Chiang H, Freeman RB. Supporting ‘The Best and Brightest’ in Science and Engineering: NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. In: Science and Engineering Careers in the United States: An Analysis of Markets and Employment. University of Chicago Press for NBER ; 2009.
Reenan JV, Freeman R. What If Congress Doubled R&D Spending on the Physical Sciences?. In: Innovation Policy and the Economy Volume 9. University of Chicago Press, Journals Division ; 2009.
Freeman R. Labor Regulations, Unions, and Social Protection in Developing Countries: Market Distortion or Efficient Institutions. In: Handbook of Development Economics. North Holland: Ellsevier, BV ; 2009.
Freeman R. Helping Workers Online and Offline: Innovations in Union and Worker Organization Using the Internet. In: Studies in Labor Market Intermediation. University of Chicago Press ; 2009. Publisher's Version
Shared Capitalism: at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-based Stock Options
Freeman R, Blasi J, Kruse D. Shared Capitalism: at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-based Stock Options. University of Chicago Press; 2009. Publisher's VersionAbstract
The historical relationship between capital and labor has evolved in the past few decades. One particularly noteworthy development is the rise of shared capitalism, a system in which workers have become partial owners of their firms and thus, in effect, both employees and stockholders. Profit sharing arrangements and gain-sharing bonuses, which tie compensation directly to a firm’s performance, also reflect this new attitude toward labor. Shared Capitalism at Work analyzes the effects of this trend on workers and firms. The contributors focus on four main areas: the fraction of firms that participate in shared capitalism programs in the United States and abroad, the factors that enable these firms to overcome classic free rider and risk problems, the effect of shared capitalism on firm performance, and the impact of shared capitalism on worker well-being. This volume provides essential studies for understanding the increasingly important role of shared capitalism in the modern workplace.
Science and Engineering Careers in the United States
Freeman R, Goroff DL. Science and Engineering Careers in the United States. University of Chicago Press; 2009. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Beginning in the early 2000s, there was an upsurge of national concern over the state of the science and engineering job market that sparked a plethora of studies, commission reports, and a presidential initiative, all stressing the importance of maintaining American competitiveness in these fields. Science and Engineering Careers in the United States is the first major academic study to probe the issues that underlie these concerns. This volume provides new information on the economics of the postgraduate science and engineering job market, addressing such topics as the factors that determine the supply of PhDs, the career paths they follow after graduation, and the creation and use of knowledge as it is reflected by the amount of papers and patents produced. A distinguished team of contributors also explores the tensions between industry and academe in recruiting graduates, the influx of foreign-born doctorates, and the success of female doctorates. Science and Engineering Careers in the United States will raise new questions about stimulating innovation and growth in the American economy.
Reforming the Welfare State:Recovery and Beyond in Sweden
Swedenborg B, Freeman R, Topel RH. Reforming the Welfare State:Recovery and Beyond in Sweden. University of Chicago Press; 2009. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Over the course of the twentieth century, Sweden carried out one of the most ambitious experiments by a capitalist market economy in developing a large and active welfare state. Sweden's generous social programs and the economic equality they fostered became an example for other countries to emulate. Of late, Sweden has also been much discussed as a model of how to deal with financial and economic crisis, due to the country's recovery from a banking crisis in the mid-1990s. At that time economists heatedly debated whether the welfare state caused Sweden's crisis and should be reformed—a debate with clear parallels to current concerns over capitalism. Bringing together leading economists, Reforming the Welfare State examines Sweden's policies in response to the mid-1990s crisis and the implications for the subsequent recovery. Among the issues investigated are the way changes in the labor market, tax and benefit policies, local government policy, industrial structure, and international trade affected Sweden's recovery. The way that Sweden addressed its economic challenges provides valuable insight into the viability of large welfare states, and more broadly, into the way modern economies deal with crisis.
International Comparison of the Structure of Wages. 2009.
Kim S, Freeman R, Choi K. Globalization, Democratization, and Labor Market and Education System Changes in Korea during 1987-2007. 2009.
Freeman R. Making Europe Work: IZA Labor Economics Series 2008. 2009.
Freeman RB. Practitioner of the Dismal Science? Who, Me? Couldn't Be!. The American Economist. 2008;52 (2) :14-25.Abstract
Freeman RB. “Why Do We Work More than Keynes Expected?". In: Revisiting Keynes: Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren. . Cambridge MA : MIT Press ; 2008. pp. 135-42. why-do-we-work-more-keynes-expected_ms-for-pecchi-piga-vol-4-07.pdf
Freeman R. How Much do Immigrants Benefit from Immigration, in Session on Innovations and Insights from the New Immigrant Survey. AEA ; 2008.
Freeman R. Wanted: A New German Wirtschaftswunder. In: Towards a Better Economic Policy for Germany and Europe. Freidrich Ebert Stiftung ; 2008.
Choi K, Kim S, Freeman R. Hard Work and Human Capital: Korea in the New Global Economy, 1987-2007. In: Beyond Flexibility: Roadmaps for Korean Labor Policy. ; 2008.
Freeman R. Fulfilling the Ballyhoo of a Peak Economy? The US Economic Model. In: European And American Social Models. NY: Oxford University Press ; 2008.
Freeman R. New Ways to Help Low Skilled Inner City Minority Men. Gates Foundation; 2008.