Suggested Books for Class Adoption

Investing in Kids
Investing in Kids: Early Childhood Programs and Local Economic Development
Timothy J. Bartik
"Timothy Bartik takes us on an expertly narrated tour of that middle ground between what theory says ought to happen and what the real world actually presents. His disciplined fidelity to the evidence makes this, like every Bartik book, a guidepost for policy." –John D. Donahue, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; former Assistant Secretary of Labor
–For classes in urban and regional development, economics of education.
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The Power of a Promise
The Power of a Promise: Education and Economic Renewal in Kalamazoo
Michelle Miller-Adams
"The Kalamazoo Promise is a fascinating experiment with enormous implications for American education. Michelle Miller- Adams provides a superb, thoroughly researched, and highly readable account of this closely watched, groundbreaking venture." –Richard D. Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation
–For classes in urban and regional development, economics of education.
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 Mothers' Work Childrens' Lives

Mothers' Work and Childrens' Lives: Low-Income Families after Welfare Reform
Rucker C. Johnson, Ariel Kalil, and Rachel E. Dunifon (with Barbara Ray)
This book examines whether one of TAN's original goals—putting low-income mothers on a path to economic growth—is being met.
–For classes in social welfare, public policy, labor economics.
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The Economics of Sports

The Economics of Sports
William Kern, Editor
The noted contributors to this book show how a host of economic issues—industrial organization, influences on labor markets, monopsony power, the behavior of cartels, local economic development policies, and price discrimination—come into play in today's world of sports.
–For classes in the economics of sports, contemporary economic issues.
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A Future of Good Jobs?

A Future of Good Jobs? America's Challenge in the Global Economy
Timothy J. Bartik and Susan N. Houseman, Editors
Leading policy analysts examine the challenges facing current U.S. labor market policy and propose concrete steps to help make American workers and employers more competitive in a global economy.
–For classes in social welfare, labor economics, public policy, social policy, health economics.
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Reining In the Competition for Capital
Reining In the Competition for Capital
Ann Markusen, Editor
"[This book] is ideal for a course in economic development policy and well worth reading for practitioners and political leaders. I know of no other source that provides so much information and perspective on this contentious policy issue." –Andrew M. Isserman, University of Illinois
–For classes in urban and regional development, public finance.
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Sustainable Prosperity in the New Economy
Sustainable Prosperity in the New Economy: Business Organization and High-Tech Employment in the United States
William Lazonick
Lazonick explains the origins of the new era of employment insecurity and income inequality, and considers what governments, businesses, and individuals can do about it. He also asks whether the U.S. can refashion its high-tech business model to generate stable and equitable economic growth and explores the conditions under which an advanced economy can achieve sustainable prosperity.
–For classes in business history, economics history, business economics, mulitnational business.
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Justice on the Job
Justice on the Job: Perspectives on the Erosion of Collective Bargaining in the United States
Richard N. Block, Sheldon Friedman, Michelle Kaminski, and Andy Levin, Editors
This volume presents an influential group of researchers who examine the state of workers' freedom to form unions and bargain collectively. Each presents empirical evidence to support their innovative ideas for advancing workers' rights.
–For classes in collective bargaining, labor-management relations, labor law, industrial relations.
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The International Law of Economic Migration
The International Law of Economic Migration: Toward the Fourth Freedom
Joel P. Tracthman
This volume examines the welfare economics, political economy, and legal experience in international economic migration, and on the basis of its analysis, suggests the structure of a multilateral framework agreement on international economic migration.
–For classes in international law, immigration law, law and economics.
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