John T. Addison

Research Professor; and Hugh C. Lane Professor of Economic Theory, Distinguished Professor Emeritus / Chair in Economics
Department of Economics / Business School
University of South Carolina / University of Durham

Fields of interest

Labor economics:
– unions and plant closings,
– unemployment duration analysis,
– the consequences of employment protection,
– the impact of employee representation and involvement on firm performance
– minimum wages,
– the erosion of collective bargaining in Germany and its consequences,
– high dimensional fixed effect wage regression models,
– the analysis of female promotion and pay.

Recent publications


The Effects of Minimum Wages on Employment: The Legacy of Myth and Measurement, Industrial and Labor Relations Review (forthcoming).

The Occupational Feminization of Wages, (with Orgul D. Ozturk and Si Wang), Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2017 (forthcoming).

Contract Innovation in Germany: An Economic Evaluation of Pacts for Employment and Competitiveness, (with Paulino Teixeira, Katalin Evers, and Lutz Bellmann), British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2017 (forthcoming).

Collective Bargaining Systems and Macroeconomic and Microeconomic Flexibility: On the Design of Collective Bargaining Systems in Advanced Economies, IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2016, 5, 19, pp. 1-53. DOI 10.1186/s40173-016-0075-8.

Unions and Collective Bargaining in the Wake of the Great Recession: Evidence from Portugal, (with Pedro Portugal and Hugo Vilares), British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2017 (forthcoming), Version of Record online: 30 AUG 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12202.

Collective Bargaining and Innovation in Germany: A Case of Cooperative Industrial Relations?, (with Paulino Teixeira, Katalin Evers, and Lutz Bellmann), Industrial Relations, January 2017, Vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 73-121.

Demise of a Model? The State of Collective Bargaining and Worker Representation in Germany, (with Paulino Teixiera, André Pahnke, and Lutz Bellman), Economic and Industrial Democracy, 2017 (forthcoming). First published on December 17, 2014 as DOI:10.1177/0143831X14559784

Is the Erosion Thesis Overblown? The Process of Alignment from Without in Germany, (with Paulino Teixiera, Katalin Evers, and Lutz Bellman), Industrial Relations, July 2016, Vol. 55, No. 3, pp. 415-443.

On the Robustness of Minimum Wage Effects: Geographically-Disparate Trends and Job Growth Equations, (with McKinley L. Blackburn and Chad D. Cotti), IZA Journal of Labor Economics, December 2015, 4:24, pp. 1-16.

Union Decline and the Coverage Wage Gap in Germany: Can German Unions Still Cut It?, (with Paulino Teixeira, Jens Stephani, and Lutz Bellman), Journal of Labor Research, September, 2015, Vol. 36, No. 3, pp. 301-317.

Atypical Jobs: Stepping Stones or Dead Ends: Evidence from the NLSY79, (with Chad D. Cotti and Christopher J. Surfield), Manchester School, January 2015, Vol. 83, No. 1, pp. 17-55.

The Role of Gender and Sector in Promotion and Pay over a Career, (with Orgul Ozturk and Si Wang), Journal of Human Capital, Fall 2014, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 280-317.

Labour Demand: Towards a Better Match between Better Theory and Better Data, (with Pedro Portugal and José Varejão), Labour Economics, October 2014, Vol. 30, pp. 4-11.

The Consequences of Trade Union Power Erosion, IZA World of Labor, May 1, 2014.

Job Promotion in Mid-Career: Gender, ‘Crowding,’ and Recession, (with Orgul Ozturk and Si Wang), Monthly Labor Review, January 2014, Vol. 137, No. 1, pp. 1-23.

Indicative and Updated Estimates of the Collective Bargaining Premium in Germany, (with Paulino Teixeira, Katalin Evers, and Lutz Bellmann), Industrial Relations, January 2014, Vol. 53, No. 1, pp. 125-156.

The Reservation Wage Unemployment Duration Nexus, (with José Machado and Pedro Portugal), Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, December 2013, Vol. 75, No. 6, pp. 980-987.

Collective Agreements and Their Survivability: Change and Persistence in the German Model, (with Paulino Teixeira, Alex Bryson, and André Pahnke), Labour, September 2013, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 288-309.

Minimum Wage Increases in a Recessionary Environment, (with McKinley Blackburn and Chad Cotti), Labour Economics, August 2013, Vol. 23, pp. 30-39.

The Extent of Collective Bargaining and Workplace Representation: Transitions between States and Their Determinants. A Comparative Analysis of Great Britain and Germany, (with Paulino Teixeira, Alex Bryson, André Pahnke, and Lutz Bellmann), Scottish Journal of Political Economy, May 2013, Vol. 60, No. 2, pp. 183-210.

Minimum Wages, Labor Market Institutions, and Female Employment: A Cross-National Analysis, (with Orgul D. Ozturk), Industrial and Labor Relations Review, October 2112, Vol. 65, No.4, pp. 779-809.

The Effects of Minimum Wages on Labor Market Outcomes: County-Level Estimates from the U.S. Restaurant and Bar Sector, (with McKinley Blackburn and Chad Cotti), British Journal of Industrial Relations, September 2012, Vol. 50, No. 3, pp. 412-435.

A Research Note on the Determinants and Consequences of Outsourcing Using German Data, (with Lutz Bellmann, André Pahnke, and Paulino Teixeira), Zeitschrift für ArbeitsmarktForschung/Journal of Labor Market Research, September 2011, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 231-244.

Slip Sliding Away: Further Union Decline in Germany and Britain, (with Alex Bryson, Paulino Teixeira, and André Pahnke), Scottish Journal of Political Economy, September 2011, Vol. 58, No. 4, pp. 490-518.

Worker Directors: A German Product that Did Not Export?, (with Claus Schnabel), Industrial Relations, April 2011, Vol. 52, No. 2, pp. 354-374.

Unemployment Benefits and Reservation Wages: Key Elasticities from a Stripped-Down Job Search Approach, (with Mario Centeno and Pedro Portugal), Economica, January 2010, Vol. 77, No. 305, pp. 46-59.

German Works Councils and the Anatomy of Wages, (with Paulino Teixeira and Thomas Zwick), Industrial and Labor Relations Review, January 2010, Vol. 63, No. 2, pp. 248-271.