Michael Handel

Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Harvard University

Phone: 617-373-3620
Office: 539 Holmes Hall
Email: m.handel@neu.edu

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Areas of Research/Interest:

• Economic Sociology
• Sociology of Work
• Organizations
• Labor Markets
• Social Stratification

Selected Publications

“Trends in Job Skill Demands in OECD Countries.” Report for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris, France), commissioned by the European Commission, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (New Skills for New Jobs project) (OECD, forthcoming).

“What Do People Do at Work? A Profile of U.S. Jobs from the Survey of Workplace Skills, Technology, and Management Practices (STAMP)” (OECD, forthcoming).

“Putting Tasks to the Test: Human Capital, Job Tasks and Wages.” (with David H. Autor) Working Paper #15116, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA. (2009).

“Measuring Job Content: Skills, Technology, and Management Practices.” Institute for Research on Poverty Discussion Paper no. 1357-08. University of Wisconsin, Madison WI. (2008).

“Computers and the Wage Structure.” Research in Labor Economics. 26:155-196 (2008).

Michael J. Handel. “The Effect of Participative Work Systems on Employee Earnings.” Research in the Sociology of Work Vol. 16 (2006).

Michael J. Handel. Worker Skills and Job Requirements: Is There a Mismatch?. (Economic Policy Institute. Washington, D.C., 2006). | http://www.epi.org/publications/book_worker_skills/

Michael J. Handel. “Trends in Perceived Job Quality, 1989-1998.” Work and Occupations 32:66-94 (2005).

Michael J. Handel and Maury Gittleman. “Is There a Wage Payoff to Innovative Work Practices?” Industrial Relations 43:67-97 (2004).

Michael J. Handel and David I. Levine. “The Effects of New Work Practices on Workers.” Industrial Relations 43:1-43 (2004).

Michael J. Handel. Implications of Information Technology for Employment, Skills, and Wages: Findings from Sectoral and Case Study Research. Report to SRI International (2004).

Michael J. Handel. Implications of Information Technology for Employment, Skills, and Wages: A Review of Recent Research. Report to SRI International (2003).

Michael J. Handel, “Skills Mismatch in the Labor Market” Annual Review of Sociology (2003).

Michael J. Handel, editor and author. The Sociology of Organizations: Classic, Contemporary, and Critical Readings (Sage Publications, 2002). | http://www.sagepub.com/books/Book225544 and http://www.amazon.com/Sociology-Organizations-Contemporary-Critical-Readings/dp/0761987665

Courses Taught Undergraduate:

• SOCL 1280 Sociology of Work
• SOCL 3408 Sociology of Organizations | Syllabi

Courses Taught Graduate:

  • SOCL 7201 Foundations of Social Theory II: Contemporary Theory
  • SOCL 7213 Advanced Methods: From Theory to Practice
  • SOCL 7247 Economic Sociology
  • SOCL 7252 Social Stratification