March 2005 (No.5)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Elizabeth del Rocío Camacho, Janice Kimball


Faculty Seminars in March
Sponsored Research Activity
Tamara Kay Appointed Assistant Professor at Harvard
Ethan Kaplan Appointed at the University of Stockholm
CPER Activities
Center for the Study of Childcare Employment News
Labor Center News
Institute of Industrial Relations Library: New Post Print Digital Service
Labor Project for Working Families: Training News


Economics Department Lectures
Amartya Sen Delivers the Hitchcock Lecture at Economics
Haas School of Business: OBIR Colloquia
Sociology Department Colloquia


March Faculty Seminars

Slaves To Fashion

Robert Ross Professor, Sociology, Clark University Author of "Slaves To Fashion: Poverty and Abuse in the New Sweatshops"
Thursday, March 3, 2005 ~ 5pm 6pm (note day & time change) Co-Sponsored with Center for Labor Research & Education, UC Berkeley

FAMILY, WAGES & CAREERS: Lessons from Scandinavia

Trond Petersen, Professor, Sociology, Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley
Monday, March 14, 2005 ~ 12:15 pm 1:15 pm

Title To Be Announced

Anita Chan, Australian National University Co-sponsored with the Center for Labor Research & Education
Tuesday, March 22, 2005 ~ Time TBA

IIR Sponsored Research News

The following sponsored projects are already underway this academic year:

Coffee, Migration, and Rural Development in Southern Mexico

Principal Investigator: Carol Zabin
Dates: July 1, 2004 June 30, 2005 Awarding Agency: UC Mexus

This research project brings together a group of Mexican and US researchers interested in the linkages between migration and rural development in southern Mexico. The initial proposed research focuses specifically on small coffee farmers in southern Oaxaca who are differentiating their coffee and receiving higher prices by certifying it as environmentally friendly, organic, and/or Fair Trade. The research aims to explore whether certified coffee production is sustainable in the face of migration opportunities and whether migration and remittances can be made to support sustainable development initiatives such as the certification schemes under analysis. The initial fieldwork will compare certified and non-certified coffee producer households in one Oaxacan village in order to provide a basis for further research and fundraising.

The California Early Care and Education Statewide Workforce Study

Principal Investigator: Marcy Whitebook
Dates: July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2005 Awarding Agency: CCFC California Children & Families Commission

This project will involve interviewing of 3,600 early childcare/education center directors and home care providers in order to:

  • Identify the education levels of the current early education workforce in order to ascertain the education gaps that will impact higher education as a result of the anticipated change in early education teacher requirements (i.e. B.A. degree).
  • Within the identified education levels, identify the type of curriculum/course work completed by the current early education workforce in order to identify the curriculum/course work gaps that may exist as a result of the anticipated changes in early education teacher requirements (i.e. early child development, sp. Needs, ELL).
  • Identify who are currently teaching 3-5 year olds and do they reflect the children they serve (language, ethnicity) in order to identify possible target groups for recruitment into early education.
  • Identify the specialized areas of current early education workforce that address the education needs of those children historically underserved. To help identify higher education curriculum gaps, in specialized areas, that addresses the anticipated changes in early education teacher requirements.

IIR Graduate Student Career Appointments

Tamara Kay Accepts Faculty Position at Harvard

IIR's long time friend Tamara Kay, who received her doctorate in Sociology in December 2004, has accepted a position as Assistant Professor and Madero Chair in Mexican Society at Harvard University. Tamara is currently at Post-Doctoral Fellow at UC San Diego. Her appointment at Harvard begins in July 2006. IIR wishes to congratulate Tamara on this new development!

Tamara's dissertation title is: "NAFTA and the Politics of Labor Transnationalism" and the Harvard position is Assistant Professor and "Madero Chair in Mexican Society" beginning in July 2006.

Dissertation Summary:

The dissertation examines the emergence of labor transnationalism, or the development of relationships among unions in North America in response to processes of regional economic integration and free trade, particularly the North American Free Trade Agreement. It explains why trinational relationships developed among some Canadian, U.S., and Mexican labor unions at the precise moment when regional economic integration reached its peak, and why the same changes had little, if any impact on other unions. The dissertation also shows how NAFTA helped erode union policies and discourses rooted in racism and economic nationalism. The findings are based on over one hundred forty interviews with Mexican, Canadian, and U.S. labor leaders and activists, and documents from archival collections of major North American labor unions.

In addition to being a Sociologist, Tamara is a talented photographer who was a featured artist in IIR's Photography Exhibit Series, launched by Margaret Weir and curated by Lincoln Cushing.

Tamara may be reached at until mid-2006.

Ethan Kaplan Appointed at the University of Stockholm

Ethan Kaplan (Economics) has accepted a position at the Institute for International Economic Studies at the University of Stockholm, beginning in September 2005. The working title for his dissertation is "Essays in Political Economy, International Finance, and Labor Economics." Congratulations, Ethan!


CPER will have a presence at the California Teachers Association statewide training on March 4. CTA has purchased a copy of the Pocket Guide to K-12 Certificated Employee Classification and Dismissal for each attendee.

On March 16, Carol Vendrillo will speak at the Labor Management Relations Conference about the history and direction of California public sector collective bargaining agreements. The meeting is cosponsored by the Industrial Relations Association of Northern California, the Public Employment Relations Board, the Sacramento Country Bar Association, the State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section, and the Agricultural Labor Relations Board.

Center for Labor Research and Education

The Labor Center has many projects underway. For a full listing, take a look at the Labor Center's Web page at

Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

Marcy Whitebook was the keynote speaker in Tampa, Florida on January 26 at a statewide conference on "Defining, Measuring and Supporting Quality in Early Care and Education." Florida voters passed an initiative in 2003 to create a high-quality voluntary preschool system for all four-year-olds, and advocates are now strategizing how to uphold a quality system in the face of moves by Gov. Jeb Bush and the legislature to cut back on the number of teaching staff and to lower the standards for teacher training.

Interest in "universal preschool" is also growing in Connecticut. On February 16, Marcy made a presentation to the state legislature on Building the workforce to deliver quality early childhood education; met with the Lieutenant Governor and a group of business leaders; and addressed a gathering of teachers and superintendents at the invitation of the Connecticut Association of Teachers and the Connecticut Federation of Teachers.

Institute of Industrial Relations Library

New Faculty "Post Print" Service Launched

In a major new initiative, the eScholarship program has launched a "Post Print" repository for faculty publications. The goal is a "capture and retain" a record of faculty research, after it has been fully disseminated. In order to contribute papers, authors must own copyright to their worksomething that usually has to be specified up front with publishers.

Escholarship is seeking to promote this activity, as a benefit to the University and to individual careers. It's very simple to use For full information and a press release take a look at:

Contact Terry Huwe for more information at

Labor Project for Working Families News

The Labor Project for Working Families is offering trainings for unions around the state on the new Paid Family Leave law, which allows workers who pay into the State Disability Insurance fund to get up to 6 weeks of partial pay to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member.

For information on upcoming trainings and locations, call 510-643-7088.
For general information about the new law, who is eligible and how to apply, visit


Economics Department Seminars

Labor Economics Seminar 251

Thursday, March 3
2-4pm, 608-7 Evans

Kaivan Munshi, Brown University

"Women as Agents of Change: Female Income, Social Affiliation, and Household Decisions in South India (Coauthor Nancy Luke)

Departmental Seminar 231

Wednesday, March 9
4:pm - 5:30pm, 608-7 Evans

Arindrajit Dube and Michael Reich, UC Berkeley

"The Economics of City-Wide Wage Standards"
(joint with Departmental Seminar)

Amartya Sen Delivers the Hitchcock Lecture at Economics

Amartya Sen, Lamont University Professor Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University

Identity and Violence

Lecture I: The Violence of Illusion
Lectue II: Making Sense of Identity
Wednesday & Thursday, March 2 & 3, 2005 4:10 p.m.
International House

Sen is credited worldwide for his invaluable contributions to research on fundamental problems in economics and philosophy. His theoretical and empirical work encompasses a range of issues, from famine and poverty to social choice theory, decision theory, and the demands of rationality and freedom. Sen is widely recognized for his ability to join economics and philosophy, reflected in his work through ethics and a sense of common humanity. In 1998, he won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in "social choice theory," the philosophical and mathematical inquiry into links between individual values and collective choice.

Haas School of Business

OBIR Colloquium Spring 2005

Cheit Hall 330
Wednesdays 4-5:30pm

March 2, 2005
PhD candidate, TBA

March 9
Henrich Greve, Norwegian Graduate School of Management

March 16
Harrison White, Columbia University

March 30
Judith White

Sociology Departmental Colloquium Series

Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

March 3
Sara MacLanahan, Princeton University
Co-sponsored by the Demography Department
"Fragile Families and Inequality"

March 17
Marc Schneiberg, Reed College
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law and Society
"Public, Private or Cooperative? Ownership and Organizational Form in the US Electrical Utility Industry in the Progressive and Early New Deal Eras"

March 31
Greta Krippner, UCLA
"Te Rentiers' Return? The Financialization of the U.S. Economy"

April 7
Cynthia Fuchs-Epstein, CUNY
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law and Society and the Beatrice M. Bain Research Group
"Transgressing Boundaries: Time norms, Gender Schemas and the Workplace?"