Jake Rosenfeld

Jake Rosenfeld

Professor of Sociology
PhD, Princeton University
research interests:
  • Economic Inequality
  • Work
  • Workplace

contact info:

office hours:

  • Thursdays 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
    (Please e-mail Professor Rosenfeld for meeting links)

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1112
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

​Jake Rosenfeld’s research and teaching focus on the political and economic determinants of inequality in the United States and other advanced democracies.

Jake Rosenfeld’s research and teaching focus on the political and economic determinants of inequality in the United States and other advanced democracies. He is primarily interested in the determinants of wages and salaries, and how these vary across time and place. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and is currently an executive board member of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), an advisory group member of Harvard Law School’s “Rebalancing Economic and Political Power: A Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law,” and a senior contributor to OnLabor.org.

Rosenfeld's 2014 book What Unions No Longer Do shows in detail the consequences of labor’s decline: curtailed advocacy for better working conditions, weakened support for immigrants’ economic assimilation, and ineffectiveness in addressing wage stagnation among African-Americans. The book has received wide attention in the national press and in such outlets as Harvard Business Revew. 

His next book, You're Paid What You're Worth and Other Myths of the Modern Economy, will be published by Harvard University Press in January 2021.

 

From our podcast:

Hold That Thought Podcast
You’re Paid What You’re Worth: And Other Myths of the Modern Economy

You’re Paid What You’re Worth: And Other Myths of the Modern Economy

A myth-busting book challenges the idea that we’re paid according to objective criteria and places power and social conflict at the heart of economic analysis.

Your pay depends on your productivity and occupation. If you earn roughly the same as others in your job, with the precise level determined by your performance, then you’re paid market value. And who can question something as objective and impersonal as the market? That, at least, is how many of us tend to think. But according to Jake Rosenfeld, we need to think again.