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Sanford M. Jacoby

Distinguished Research Professor
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” — Albert Einstein
Areas of Expertise:
  • Business History
  • Corporate Governance
  • Europe
  • Globalization
  • Human Resource Management
  • Japan
  • Labor History
  • Labor Market Analysis
  • Unions
About
 
 

Biography

Sanford M. Jacoby is Distinguished Research Professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He holds professorial appointments in UCLA’s Department of History and Department of Public Policy.

Jacoby’s latest book is Labor in the Age of Finance: Pensions, Politics, and Corporations from Deindustrialization to Dodd-Frank (Princeton University Press, 2021). It analyzes the reaction of labor movements to financialization in the United States, focusing on pension fund activism, regulatory efforts, and corporate governance.

Jacoby is the author of three other prize-winning books: Employing Bureaucracy: Managers, Unions, and the Transformation of Work in the Twentieth Century (1985, 2004); Modern Manors: Welfare Capitalism Since the New Deal (1997); and The Embedded Corporation: Corporate Governance and Employment Relations in Japan and the United States (2005). His books have been translated into Chinese and Japanese.

Jacoby is co-editor of Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal and serves on the editorial boards of other journals in the United States and abroad. He has been a visiting professor at Cardiff University, Doshisha University, the London School of Economics, the University of Manchester, the University of Tokyo and Waseda University. He is the recipient of several awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship to support his most recent book.

 

Education

Ph.D. Economics, 1981, UC Berkeley

A.B. Economics, 1974, University of Pennsylvania

 

Recognition

Research Fellow, Labor & Employment Research Association 2010

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2009

Abe Fellow, Social Science Research Council, 2000

National Academy of Social Insurance, 1999

Philip Taft Prize in Labor History, 1998

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1990

George R. Terry Book Award, Academy of Management, 1986

Allan Nevins Prize, Economic History Association, 1982