Profile: Paula B. Voos

Professor and Director, Undergraduate & Master's Programs in Labor and Employment Relations


Professor Paula Voos' latest published research concerns the consequences of union representation of graduate student employees. Along with coauthors Adrienne Eaton and Sean Rogers, she found that such representation does not hurt the faculty-student relationship or academic freedom, and it results in greater student satisfaction with economic outcomes. Other recently published research involved the role of attitudes and emotions on how employees vote in representation elections; another study investigated whether recent changes in representation election procedure led to different outcomes in airline/railway elections. Currently she is working on three projects. One involves the impact of new Right-to-Work laws in several states on shareholders wealth. Another involves how unions can use assessments of voting intent in organizing campaigns. The third is a new study of graduate student attitudes in private universities regarding relationships with faculty advisors. Her first published work estimates the costs and benefits of union organizing programs from the perspective of the union’s current members.

Professor Voos is 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.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Departments

    Labor Studies and Employment Relations

  • Associated Programs

    Public Service Member of NJ PERC

  • Courses Taught


    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



    Introductory Seminar in labor and Employment Relations

    Economics and Demographics of Labor Markets


    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
  • School of Management and Labor Relations
    Rutgers University
    Labor Education Center
    50 Labor Center Way
    New Brunswick, NJ 08903