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Labor Markets and American Industrialization
  • Joshua L. Rosenbloom, University of Kansas
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 ecomic 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 ecomic implications for geographic wage convergence and for American ecomic 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.
Publication Date
March 25, 2002
Cambridge University Press
Publisher Statement
This is a chapter from Looking for Work, Searching for Workers: American Labor Markets during Industria, 2002; 1-13. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K. Posted with permission.
Citation Information
Joshua L. Rosenbloom. Labor Markets and American Industrialization. Cambridge(2002) p. 1 - 13
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