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January 2017

History of child labor in the United States—part 1: little children working

Michael Schuman

This article, which is the first of a two-part series on child labor, describes child labor in the United States, concentrating on the period after the Civil War through the rise of the child labor reform movement.

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Book Reviews

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Rethinking the right to refuse hazardous work

Samuel P. Kissinger

In this book, author Jeffrey Hilgert argues that the prevailing global legal framework designed to protect the rights of workers to refuse unsafe work is largely ineffective.

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Beyond BLS

How banning boxes encourages discrimination

Graham Boone

A study of how “ban-the-box” policies negatively affect low-skilled minority workers.

Reducing barriers of occupational licensing: insights from nursing

Yavor Ivanchev

Two economists examine the labor market effects of removing occupational licensing barriers among states.

Wage and employment fluctuations during the housing market cycle

Ruth Meharenna

An analysis of how changes in the housing market affect related occupations—real estate agents, architects, and construction workers.

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