Business and the Politics of Changing Labor Markets: Argentina, Germany, and the United States in Comparison


Location: Hesburgh Center, Room C103

Sebastian Karcher, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University; Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow, University of Notre Dame

Sebastian Karcher (Ph.D., Northwestern University, expected December 2010), who is spending 2010–11 at the Institute, studies labor market change in the era of globalization. In his project, “Liberalization, Segmentation, Informalization: The Political Economy of Changing Labor Markets,” he will expand and develop his dissertation research into a book manuscript.

With an interdisciplinary approach spanning political science, economics, and political sociology, Karcher, a native of Germany, uses case studies of advanced industrialized countries and emerging markets—the US, Germany, and Argentina—to understand the central political mechanism driving labor market change. He plans to harness individual-level survey data (microdata) to expand the scope of his argument.

With former Visiting Fellow Ben Ross Scheider, he wrote “Complementarities and Continuities in the Political Economy of Labor Markets in Latin America” in the Socio-Economic Review 8, 4 (2010).