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Chris Erickson

Professor of Management and Organizations
Areas of Expertise:
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Employer-Provided Training
  • Immigrant Workers
  • International Comparative Industrial Relations
  • Labor Relations
  • Labor Standards
  • Negotiations
  • Public Policy
  • Wage Determination


Chris Erickson studies various aspects of industrial relations in the local, national and world economies. His research focuses on comparative industrial relations systems, industrial relations and labor market transformation in different regions of the world, wage determination, collective bargaining, innovations in union organizing, skills development, outsourcing and remote work.


Ph.D. Economics, MIT

B.A. Economics, Yale University


Selected Publications

Erickson, C.L., “Wage Rule Formation in the Aerospace Industry,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 45, 3, pp. 507-522, April 1992.

Erickson, C.L. and Kuruvilla, S.C., “Labor Costs and the Social Dumping Debate in the European Union,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 48, 1, pp. 28-47, October 1994.

Erickson, C.L. and Ichino, A.C., “Lump-Sum Bonuses in Union Contracts,Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, 6, pp. 183-218, 1994.

Erickson, C.L., “A Re-Interpretation of Pattern Bargaining,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 49, 4, pp. 615-634, July 1996.

Erickson, C.L. and Kuruvilla, S.C., “Industrial Relations System Transformation,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 52, 1, pp. 3-21, October 1998.

Kuruvilla, S.C. and Erickson, C.L., “Change and Transformation in Asian Industrial Relations,” Industrial Relations, 41, 2, pp. 171-227, April 2002.

Kuruvilla, S.C., Erickson, C.L. and Hwang, H.A., “An Assessment of the Singapore Skills Development System: Does It Constitute a Viable Model for Other Developing Countries?World Development, 30, 8, pp. 1461-1476, August 2002.

Erickson, C.L., Fisk, C., Milkman, R., Mitchell, D.J.B. and Wong, K., “Justice for Janitors in Los Angeles: Lessons from Three Rounds of Negotiations,British Journal of Industrial Relations, 40, 3, pp. 543-567, September 2002.

Erickson, C.L., and Jacoby, S.M., “The Effect of Employer Networks on Workplace Innovation and Training,Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 56, 2, pp. 203-223, January 2003.

Erickson, C.L. Kuruvilla, S.C., Ofreneo, R.E. and Ortiz, M.A., “From Core to Periphery? Recent Developments in Employment Relations in the Philippines,” Industrial Relations, 42, 3, pp. 368-395, July 2003.

Waldinger, R. and Erickson, C.L., “Temporarily Foreign? The Labor Market for Migrant Professionals in High Tech at the Peak of the Boom,” Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, 24, 3, pp. 463-486, Spring 2003.

Mitchell, D.J.B. and Erickson, C.L., “Not Yet Dead at the Fed: Unions, Bargaining, and Economy-Wide Wage Determination,” Industrial Relations, 44, 4, pp. 565-606, October 2005.

Erickson, C.L. and Mitchell, D.J.B., “Monopsony as a Metaphor for the Emerging Post-Union Labor Market,” International Labor Review, 146, 3-4, pp. 163-187, December 2007.

Mitchell, D.J.B. and Erickson, C.L., “The Concept of Wage-Push Inflation: Development and Policy,” Labor History, November 2008.

Norlander, P., Erickson, C., Kuruvilla, S. and Kannan-Narasimhan, R, “India’s Outsourcing Industry and the Offshoring of Skilled Services Work: A Review Essay,” E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies, 4,1, January 2015.