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Research Interests

1. Comparative Macroeconomic Performance of Advanced Capitalist Economies.
I have written a number of papers with Robert Buchele of Smith College arguing that strong worker rights and cooperative industrial relations have had a positive effect on the productivity growth of the G-7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, U.K, and U.S.) over the past two or three decades. I am interested in expanding this work by looking at other criteria of economic performance, such as unemployment, by including other countries, and by expanding the data base for this research.

2. Women and the Economy.
I have written a few papers (some with Peter Phillips of the University of Utah) about the participation of women in the U.S. economy during the latter part of the nineteenth century. In particular, I am interested in the impact of technology on the employment of women.

3. Economics and the Environment
While I have not yet pursued any intensive research on topics related to environmental questions, I have been very interested in such issues and have taught environmental economics for a long time. I am currently chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Mount Holyoke College. In particular, I take an interest in questions concerning economic growth and ecological sustainability.