Product Market Structure and Labor Market Discrimination

Edited by John S. Heywood & James H. Peoples

Subjects: Economy And Society
Paperback : 9780791466247, 234 pages, June 2006
Hardcover : 9780791466230, 234 pages, January 2006

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Table of contents

1 The Influence of Product Market Structure on Labor Market Discrimination
John S. Heywood and James H. Peoples
2 Market Power and Racial Earnings: A Quantile Regression Approach
Jacqueline Agesa and Kristen Monaco

3 Product Market Structure and Gender Discrimination in the United Kingdom
Clive Belfield and John S. Heywood
4 Gender and Wages in Germany: The Impact of Product Market Competition and Collective Bargaining
Uwe Jirjahn and Gesine Stephan
5 Gender Composition and Market Structure in Hong Kong
John S. Heywood and Xiangdong Wei
6 Privatization and Racial Earnings Differentials
James H. Peoples and Wayne K. Talley
7 New Estimates of Discrimination against Men with Disabilities: The Role of Customer Interaction in the Product Market
Marjorie L. Baldwin
8 Regulatory Reform and Racial Employment Patterns
Kaye Husbands Fealing and James H. Peoples
9 Market Structure, Payment Methods, and Racial Earnings Differences
John S. Heywood and Patrick L. O’Halloran

Measures the relationship between market competition and the treatment of women, minorities, and the disabled in the workplace.


While increased competition may generate economic efficiency and push employee compensation to market rates, it may also help reduce differential treatment for protected groups such as women, minorities, and the disabled. This book presents the most comprehensive body of empirical evidence on the connection between the product market and the extent of discrimination in labor markets. The contributors look at data from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Hong Kong in order to explore the product market's influence on discrimination against the disabled, the role of deregulation in creating competition and altering racial employment patterns, and the influence of privatization on public employees' earnings. Nuanced analyses, using best practice econometrics, lead the contributors to conclude that while competition helps equalize treatment of employees, it does not eliminate discrimination.

John S. Heywood and James H. Peoples are Professors of Economics at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Heywood is the coeditor (with Michelle Brown) of Paying for Performance: An International Comparison, and Peoples is the editor of Regulatory Reform and Labor Markets.