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West African Workers Respond to Ebola

Published December 5th, 2014 -

The threat of the Ebola virus remains at large in Western Africa, and the disease is impacting healthcare workers in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. In early November, hundreds of health workers involved in treating Ebola patients went on strike at a clinic... More »


Privacy, Employment, and the Third Party Doctrine

Published April 3rd, 2014 -

Changes in technology are putting pressure on the constitutional rules that determine when law enforcement officers need a search warrant to gather information. One rule that seems particularly strained is the “third party doctrine,” which maintains that the p... More »


Robots and Labor (Continued)

Published January 24th, 2014 -

The Financial Times (behind paywall) reports on a speech by Google’s Eric Schmidt on the effects of robot technology on labor, in which Schmidt says: “There is quite a bit of research that middle class jobs that are relatively highly skilled are being automate... More »


Working at Wal-Mart, Part One: Wages and Benefits

Published November 19th, 2013 -

What is it like to work at America’s largest private employer? Wal-Mart’s labor and business practices matter deeply, not only for the ripple effects the company causes throughout the retail industry and the economy as a whole, but more directly, for the 1.3 m... More »


Is There A Public-Sector/Private-Sector Pay Gap?

Published September 4th, 2013 -

A major theme in the debate over public-sector unions has been the idea that public-sector workers get paid more than their counterparts in the private sector.  Joe Slater has an important new paper that sheds helpful light on this question.  Slater reviews th... More »