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Nickel and Dimed

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2001

by Barbara Ehrenreich

Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity.

Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages....


Global "Body Shopping": An Indian Labor System in the Information Technology Industry

by Biao Xiang

How can America's information technology (IT) industry predict serious labor shortages while at the same time laying off tens of thousands of employees annually? The answer is the industry's flexible labor management...


Sport and Migration

by Joseph Maguire & Mark Falcous

In this dazzling collection of papers, leading international sport studies scholars chart the patterns, policies and personal experiences of labour migration within and around sport, and in doing so cast important...


Making Work at Home Work: Successfully Growing a Business and a Family under One Roof

by Mary M. Byers

Shows women how to balance time between work and family, set realistic goals, and handle the challenges of being both "Mommy" and "The Boss" while running a profitable home-based business.


Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict

by Karl Cordell & Stefan Wolff

From Europe to the United States and from the Middle East to Africa, ethnicity has become an increasingly important factor in political activity and organisation and a prime source of conflict.

Featuring contributions...


Equity and Excellence in Education

by Kris Van den Branden & Piet VanAvermaet

Taking an international perspective, this volume explores numerous issues - gender, socio-economic and linguistic background, teachers' expectations, pedagogical approaches, parental support, educational policies...


Hysteresis in Unemployment and Jobless Recoveries

by Dmitry Plotnikov

This paper develops and estimates a general equilibrium rational expectations model with search and multiple equilibria where aggregate shocks have a permanent effect on the unemployment rate. If agents' wealth...


Luxembourg: 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; And Statement by the Executive Director for Luxembourg

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

KEY ISSUES Context. With a strong policy framework, Luxembourg has weathered the crisis well, and the economy is rebounding. The fiscal position remains sound, and the large financial sector has been resilient....


Republic of Estonia: 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; And Statement by the Executive Director for the Republic of

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

KEY ISSUES Prudent fiscal policies with near-balanced budgets over the cycle have reduced gross public debt to about 10 percent of GDP. These policies have also led to a pro-cyclical fiscal stance, with unsustainable...


Baltic Cluster Report: 2014 Cluster Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; And Statement by the Executive Director for the Baltic Countrie

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

KEY ISSUES The Baltic economies have performed well in the last two decades relative to other transition and emerging market economies, but they face some common challenges calling for national and regional...


60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Nashville: Including Clarksville, Columbia, Gallatin, and Murfreesboro

by Steve Early

Nashville may be the capital of country music, but it’s also home to some splendid hiking trails. This guide offers trekkers of all ages and fitness levels a variety of day hikes throughout middle Tennessee,...


Estimating Sri Lanka's Potential Output

by Ding Ding & John Nelmes

In this paper we present various techniques to estimate Sri Lanka’s potential output and output gap, including statistical and model-based approaches. Compared to conventional statistical filters that rely...


Belgium: 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

KEY ISSUES: With growth projected at just over 1 percent in 2014, recovery from the stagnation of 2012–13 is proving slow, as in much of Europe. Healthy private balance sheets and integration with Germany...


Negotiating Globally: How to Negotiate Deals, Resolve Disputes, and Make Decisions Across Cultural Boundaries

by Jeanne M. Brett

A framework for anticipating and managing cultural differences at the negotiating table

In today's global environment, negotiators who understand cultural differences and negotiation fundamentals have a decided...


Foucault, Governmentality, and Organization: Inside the Factory of the Future

by Alan McKinlay & Philip Taylor

This book traces how abstract managerial ideas about maximizing production flexibility and employee freedom were translated into concrete, day-to-day practices at the Motorola plant in East Kilbride, UK. Using...


Right to Work?: Assessing India's Employment Guarantee Scheme in Bihar

by Puja Dutta & Rinku Murgai

India's 2005 National Rural Employment Guarantee Act creates a justiciable 'right to work' by promising up to 100 days of wage employment per year to all rural households whose adult members volunteer to do...


The U.S. Manufacturing Recovery: Uptick or Renaissance?

by Oya Celasun & Gabriel Di Bella

The notable rebound of U.S. manufacturing activity following the Great Recession has raised the question of whether the sector might be experiencing a renaissance. Using panel regressions, we find that a depreciating...


Aggregate Stability and Balanced-Budget Rules

by Matteo Ghilardi & Raffaele Rossi

It has been shown that under perfect competition and a Cobb-Douglas production function, a basic real business cycle model may exhibit indeterminacy and sunspot fluctuations when income tax rates are determined...


European Union: Detailed Assessment of Implementation of the European Central Bank Observance of the Cpss-Iosco Responsibilities of Au

by International Monetary Fund. Department

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The oversight framework of the European Central Bank (ECB) is comprehensive. The ECB has developed a wide-ranging oversight policy, including quantitative and qualitative criteria to identify,...


Barbados: Financial System Stability Assessment

by International Monetary Fund. Department

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Barbados has a relatively well-developed financial system, including a large offshore sector.1 The onshore system is dominated by large, regionally active banks. Banking services to the population...