Michael J. Piore
David W. Skinner Professor of Economics and Management
Department of Economics
Professor Piore is a labor economist, best known for the development of the concept of the internal labor market and the dual labor market hypothesis, and more recently for work on the transition from mass production to flexible specialization. He has worked on a number of labor market and industrial relations problems including low income labor markets, the impact of technology upon work, migration, labor market segmentation, and the relationship between the labor market, business strategy and industrial organization. The central theme in Piore’s work is the social, institutional, and cognitive dimensions of economic activity.
Beyond Individualism, Harvard University Press, 1995.
Employment Relations in a Changing World Economy, (with R. Locke and T. Kochan, eds.), The MIT Press, 1995.
The Second Industrial Divide, (with C. Sabel), Basic Books, 1984.
Dualism and Discontinuity in Industrial Societies, (with S. Berger), Cambridge University Press, 1980.
Birds of Passage: Migrant Labor and Industrial Societies, Cambridge University Press, 1979.