May Day: Research has much to say about challenges in the workplace.


Work issues have often taken center stage this year. From debates over raising the minimum wage, to discussions of pay equity and discrimination, workplace health risk factors and health insurance, and more, labor and work concerns are on the minds of employers, employees, unions, policy makers, and governments worldwide. On this day set aside to recognize the international labor movement, we are pleased to highlight key journals in Economics, Industrial Relations & Labor.

We invite you to enjoy access to the following journals through June 30th. Click here to access the trial.

COMING IN 2016: We are pleased to begin publishing The American Economist, the official journal of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society in Economics. The American Economist publishes original research from all fields and schools of economic thought, written by young scholars and those who are teaching the next generation of economists, as well as experienced and prominent economists whose influence has shaped the discipline.

Work, work, work…

gears-94220_640Today is International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, a celebration of the international labor movement. SAGE publishes a number of top-ranked journals in Economics and in Industrial Relations & Labor, offering relevant insights into key issues.

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COMING IN AUGUST: We are pleased to begin publishing the ILRReview, Industrial & Labor Relations Review,  in association with the Cornell University ILR School, under the editorship of Rosemary Batt and Lawrence M. Kahn. The ILRReview has published the top, peer-reviewed theoretical and empirical research on work and employment relations for 65 years. Published five times a year, the Review features international and interdisciplinary research that advances new theory, presents novel empirical work, and informs organizational and public policy.


Employment and Gross Domestic Product in Swedish Family-Owned Businesses

Carl Magnus Bjuggren, Linköping University, Dan Johansson, Dalarna University, and Hans Sjögren, Linköping University, published “A Note on Employment and Gross Domestic Product in Swedish Family-Owned Businesses: A Descriptive Analysis” on September 19th, 2011 in Family Business Review’s OnlineFirst collection. Mr. Magnus Bjuggren kindly provided the following thoughts on the article.

Who is the target audience for this article?

The primary target audience for this article is researchers within the field of family business but also policymakers and producers of statistics. For instance, we show that the number of family firms is largely affected by economic policy and we suggest how tax authorities and producers of statistics can facilitate research and make data readily accessible to researchers.

What inspired you to be interested in this topic?

Family firms contribute significantly to both employment and gross domestic product (GDP) and constitute a vibrant field of research. The research field has however suffered from poor statistics. Introducing the use of register based micro data and analyzing family ownership in every firm in the Swedish economy was the reason as to why we undertook this project. The idea came to us as one of the co-authors of the article were investigating the Swedish rules for closely-held firms and found that the Swedish Tax Authority traced family relationships in all partnerships and limited stock companies. Information about the number of owners is saved in Statistics Sweden’s registers. Prior to our study, the sheer number of firms in an economy and poor statistics made it impossible to study, in a precise way, the contribution of family firms on a national level.

Were there findings that were surprising to you?

No, not really. The results on listed firms are in line with previous research. As regards the whole economy, our estimates on the contribution to employment and GDP of family owned firms are a bit lower than estimates of earlier studies on for example the US. This was not surprising to us since Sweden in comparison is a small open economy, with many foreign-owned firms, and with a large public sector.

How do you see this study influencing future research and/or practice?

Hopefully we will see more studies being able to identify family firms using register based micro data. Given our results that family firms are largely affected by public policy we certainly hope that policy makers will become aware of this. Finally, producers of firm statistics could ideally adhere to the need for better data on ownership, voting rights, cash flow rights and kinship.

How does this study fit into your body of work/line of research?

All three co-authors have a keen interest in the dynamics of entrepreneurship, small firms and family businesses.

How did your paper change during the review process?

The paper went through a rather long process concentrating the content to its current form. The associate editor and two anonymous reviewers have been most patient in giving constructive comments that improved the paper significantly. However, our main findings were there from the very start, thus leaving the substance of the paper intact.

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Call for Papers Radical Review of Political Economics

Paths to Full Employment: Industrial Policy and the Great Recession

As we currently face the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression that has resulted in the loss of million of jobs and the highest levels of long-term unemployment since data have been collected, we invite contributors to submit proposals that address the problems of long-term structural unemployment in the United States and world wide.

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