The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Dunlop, John Thomas (1914–2003)

  • Richard B. Freeman
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John Dunlop was an extraordinary labour economist, Professor and Dean of the Faculty at Harvard University, Secretary of Labor of the United States, and mentor to students and practitioners in the world of labour. He was extraordinary because he was more than an economist and because he was driven by a moral vision of what economists and academics should do to make the world better. Labour economists and policymakers paid close attention to Dunlop’s thoughts because he combined academic research with unparalleled practical experience in solving problems and building institutions. His academic writings, which include several classic articles as well as major books, reflect Dunlop’s participation in events and direct observations of social behaviour.


Business cycles Dispute resolution Dunlop, J. Industrial relations Labour’s share of income Marginal productivity theory Mediation Wage contours Wage determination 

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  • Richard B. Freeman
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