Friday, May 09, 2014


[IWS] MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW (as of 9 May 2014)

IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies-----------------Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

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New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


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Monthly Labor Review (as of 9 May 2014)



Explaining the 30-year shift in consumer expenditures from commodities to services, 1982–2012 04/30/2014

[full-text, 34 pages]

  • Over the last 30 years, consumer expenditures in the United States have shifted from commodities to services. This article uses Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) data to examine the key drivers of that shift. CPI and CE data show that the compositional change in consumer expenditures has been driven by a considerable increase in the quantity of owner-occupied shelter.

Consumer Expenditure Survey Microdata Users’ Workshop and Survey Methods Symposium, 2013 04/30/2014

[full-text, 11 pages]

  • The 2013 Consumer Expenditure Survey Microdata Users’ Workshop and Survey Methods Symposium included presentations from BLS and non-BLS economists and researchers.


Small business, innovation, and jobs 04/30/2014

[full-text, 3 pages]


  • Book Review

Employment Growth from Public Support of Innovation in Small Firms. By Albert N. Link and John T. Scott, Kalamazoo, MI, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2012, 189 pp., $18.00 paperback.


Arts and crafts—not simply an expendable “extra” 04/28/2014

  • During economic declines and required budget reductions, arts and crafts programs are the first to be cut. Could these cuts be detrimental to economic innovation?

·         The development of questions on disability for the Current Population Survey 04/28/2014

[full-text, 8 pages]


After a decade of development, questions aimed at identifying people with disabilities were added to the Current Population Survey.



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