For Immediate Release: August 31, 2010
Contact: Alan Barber, (202) 293-5380 x115
Washington, D.C.- Dr. Eileen Appelbaum, one of the country's leading experts in workplace organization, will be joining the staff at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) as a senior economist, starting in September. Dr. Appelbaum comes to CEPR from the Rutgers Center for Women and Work where she was the director from 2002. During her tenure, Dr. Appelbaum built the Center into a major locus for research on women's advancement in the labor market and at the workplace. The Center undertook numerous projects that were aimed at understanding and improving the lives of working women at all income levels. Prior to taking over the Center at Rutgers she was the research director at the Economic Policy Institute. She previously had been a professor of economics at Temple University.
Dr. Appelbaum has published extensively in many different areas, but is probably best known for her extensive study of workplace organization and firms' work-family policies and practices. This work has led to numerous books and articles, including Manufacturing Advantage: Why Higher Performance Work Systems Pay Off (Cornell University Press, 2000) and The New American Workplace: Transforming Work Systems in the United States (Cornell University Press, 1994). Dr. Appelbaum has also written extensively on macroeconomic and labor issues and specifically the problems facing low-wage workers. She was a co-editor of the volume, Low Wage America: How Employers Are Reshaping Opportunity in the Workplace (Russell Sage Foundation, 2003). She is currently engaged in a large-scale study of the effects of paid family leave in California on workers and companies.
Dean Baker, CEPR's co-director, said: "Dr. Appelbaum has contributed a great deal to debates on economic policy in a wide variety of areas. Her voice is badly needed in the current debate over economic policy and we hope that CEPR will be able to amplify it. Many people in the economics profession are prepared to condemn America's workers to a decade of high unemployment. Dr. Appelbaum firmly rejects this view and is one the most articulate voices arguing for an alternative perspective."
The Center for Economic and Policy Research is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that was established to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. CEPR's Advisory Board includes Nobel Laureate economists Robert Solow and Joseph Stiglitz; Janet Gornick, Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Luxembourg Income Study; Richard Freeman, Professor of Economics at Harvard University; and Eileen Appelbaum, Professor and Director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University.