My core research agenda focuses on changes in wage-setting institutions in the advanced democracies. I am primarily interested in who gets paid what and why - and how this varies across time and place. In my work I concentrate on major developments that have disrupted past practices of wage-setting, including labor union decline and the resulting changes in the ways firms allocate wages. My secondary research agenda examines the factors that have expanded political inequality in the U.S. In this work, I investigate institutional factors that have reshaped patterns of political participation. See below for recent publications and work in progress.
Rosenfeld, Jake. 2014. What Unions No Longer Do. Harvard University Press. *Selected media coverage: New York Times, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, Talking Points Memo, The Daily Beast, the Nation
Refereed journal articles
Rosenfeld, Jake. 2017. "Don't Ask or Tell: Pay Secrecy Policies in U.S. Workplaces." Social Science Research 65: 1-16. *Media coverage: Boston Globe
Rosenfeld, Jake, Patrick Denice, and Jennifer Laird. 2016. “Union Decline Lowers Wages of Nonunion Workers.” Economic Policy Institute Report. *Selected media coverage: New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, TheAtlantic, Huffington Post, TheWeek
Rosenfeld, Jake, and Jennifer Laird. 2016. "Unions and Poverty." Ch. 35 in David Brady and Linda Burton (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Society. Oxford University Press.
Rosenfeld, Jake. 2012. Review of Edward S. Greenberg, Leon Grunberg, Sarah Moore, and Patricia B. Sikora’s Turbulence: Boeing and the State of American Workers and Managers. Contemporary Sociology 41: 341-43.
Rosenfeld, Jake. “You’re Paid What You’re Worth” and Other Myths About the Modern Economy. Book manuscript. (In progress)
Rosenfeld, Jake. "Understanding 'Laborism' Without Labor." Invited contribution for the Annual Review of Sociology, Volume 45. (In progress)
Rosenfeld, Jake. “The Consequences of Union Decline.” Invited contribution for Reviving American Labor: Labor Law for a Twenty-First Century Economy. Cambridge University Press. (Under review)
Rosenfeld, Jake, and Patrick Denice. “Spilling Over: Union Decline and Inequality Among Nonunion Workers.” (In progress) Kleykamp, Meredith, Patrick Denice, and Jake Rosenfeld. “Protectionist Institutions and Racial Inequality in the U.S.” (In progress)