Profile: Paula B. Voos

Director, Undergraduate and Masters Programs in Labor and Employment Relations

Faculty

Paula Voos' recently published research concerns the impact on stock prices of union certification based on majority sign-up; this work was co-authored with Professor Adrienne Eaton.  Earlier research explores the determinants of union bargaining power, its evolution over time in the U.S., and the implications for future union revitalization.  Other prior work investigates the impact on shareholders of law mandating employer provision of health insurance.  The consequences of union representation of supervisors in the NJ public sector is explored in another empirical paper. Her earliest published research measures the costs and benefits of union organizing programs from the perspective of the union’s current members.

Professor Voos recently was appointed as a public member of the New Jersey’s Public Employment Relations Commission.  She is a past president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association and the editor of that Associations’ 1994 research volume,Contemporary Collective Bargaining in the United States.  She has served on the Ford – United Autoworkers Voluntary Employee Benefit Association’s Board of Trustees, on NJ’s  Benefits Review Task Force in 2005, and on the federal Commission on the Future of Worker-Management Relations (the Dunlop Commission) in 1994.  She came to Rutgers from the University of Wisconsin in 1998, where she directed the Industrial Relations Research Institute.

  • Departments

    Labor Studies and Employment Relations

  • Associated Programs

    Public Service Member of NJ PERC

  • Courses Taught

    Undergraduate:

    Introduction to Labor Studies and Employment Relations

    Perspectives on Labor Studies and Employment Relations

    Economics of the Employment Relations

    Issues in Work: Avoid Sexual Harrassment

     

    Masters:

    Introductory Seminar in labor and Employment Relations

    Economics and Demographics of Labor Markets

    Ph.D.:

    Seminar in Industrial Relations: A Survey of Scholarly Literature

  • Education

    Harvard University, Ph.D. Economics

    Portland State University, MA Economics

    Whitman College, AB English

  • Publications

    Steven E. Abraham, Adrienne E. Eaton, and Paula B. Voos, “Card Check Recognition:  Resulting Labor Relations and Investor Reaction,” in Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, ed. by Bruce Kaufman and David Lewin. Vol. 17 (2009), pp. 1-30.

    Steven E. Abraham and Paula B. Voos, “Investors’ Assessment of California’s Health Insurance Act of 2003,” Industrial Relations, Vol. 47, No. 2 (April, 2008), pp. 209-228.

    Haejin Kim and Paula B. Voos, “The Korean Economic Crisis and Working Women,” Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 37, No. 2, (May 2007), pp. 190-208.

    Dale Belman and Paula B. Voos, “High Wages and Union Decline:  Evidence from the Construction Industry,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 60, No. 1 (Oct. 2006), pp. 67-87

  • Research Initiatives

    Current initiatives involve working with two different SMLR research teams.  One project concerns the consequences of union representation of teaching/research assistants in higher education (with Professor Adrienne Eaton and PhD student Sean Rogers).  Another project involves the way union representation interacts with employee ownership or other forms of “shared capitalism”   (With Professors Adrienne Eaton, Doug Kruse, and Joseph Blasi and Phd student John McCarthy).  A final ongoing initiative involves extending recently published research on how equity markets react to unions created through majority sign-up; here the goal is to measure that same reaction to representation election victories after organizing campaigns of different lengths. The purpose of this last study would be to inform contemporary debates over labor law reform.

  • Subjects Taught

    Labor Economics

    Employment Relations Theory

    Labor Relations

  • Files

  • 848-932-1748
  • pbvoos@work.rutgers.edu
  • School of Management and Labor Relations
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