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