NBER Working Papers by David G. Blanchflower

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April 2015Labor Market Slack and Monetary Policy
with Andrew T. Levin: w21094
May 2013Does High Home-Ownership Impair the Labor Market?
with Andrew J. Oswald: w19079
October 2012Is Psychological Well-being Linked to the Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables?
with Andrew J. Oswald, Sarah Stewart-Brown: w18469

Published: David Blanchflower & Andrew Oswald & Sarah Stewart-Brown, 2013. "Is Psychological Well-Being Linked to the Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables?," Social Indicators Research- An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 114(3), pages 785-801, December. citation courtesy of

January 2011International Happiness
with Andrew J. Oswald: w16668

Published: With Andrew Oswald, 'International happ iness: a new view on the measure of performance', Academy of Management Perspectives, February, pp. 1-17.

September 2009The formation of inflation expectations: an empirical analysis for the UK
with Conall MacCoille: w15388
September 2008International evidence on well-being

Published: International Evidence on Well-Being, David G. Blanchflower. in Measuring the Subjective Well-Being of Nations: National Accounts of Time Use and Well-Being, Krueger. 2009

Imitative Obesity and Relative Utility
with Andrew J. Oswald, Bert Van Landeghem: w14337

Published: David G. Blanchflower & Andrew J. Oswald & Bert Van Landeghem, 2009. "Imitative Obesity and Relative Utility," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 7(2-3), pages 528-538, 04-05. citation courtesy of

May 2008Minority Self-Employment in the United States and the Impact of Affirmative Action Programs

Published: David Blanchflower, 2009. "Minority self-employment in the United States and the impact of affirmative action programs," Annals of Finance, Springer, vol. 5(3), pages 361-396, June. citation courtesy of

October 2007Is Unemployment More Costly Than Inflation?
Fear, Unemployment and Migration
with Chris Shadforth: w13506

Published: DavidG. Blanchflower & Chris Shadforth, 2009. "Fear, Unemployment and Migration," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 119(535), pages F136-F182, 02. citation courtesy of

February 2007Is Well-being U-Shaped over the Life Cycle?
with Andrew Oswald: w12935

Published: Blanchflower, David G. & Oswald, Andrew J., 2008. "Is well-being U-shaped over the life cycle?," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 66(8), pages 1733-1749, April. citation courtesy of

Hypertension and Happiness across Nations
with Andrew J. Oswald: w12934

Published: Blanchflower, David G. & Oswald, Andrew J., 2008. "Hypertension and happiness across nations," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 27(2), pages 218-233, March. citation courtesy of

January 2006The Scots may be Brave but They are Neither Healthy Nor Happy
with David Bell, David Blanchflower: w11911

Published: Bell, David and David Blanchflower. ‘The Scots may be brave but they are neither healthy nor happy." Scottish Journal of Political Economy 54,2 (May 2007): 151-307. citation courtesy of

November 2005An Analysis of the Impact of Affirmative Action Programs on Self-Employment in the Construction Industry
with Jon Wainwright: w11793
June 2005Happiness and the Human Development Index: The Paradox of Australia
with Andrew J. Oswald: w11416

Published: Blanchflower, David G. and Andrew J. Oswald. "Happiness And The Human Development Index: The Paradox Of Australia," Australian Economic Review, 2005, v38(3,Sep), 307-318. citation courtesy of

May 2005The Wage Curve Reloaded
with Andrew J. Oswald: w11338
May 2004Money, Sex, and Happiness: An Empirical Study
with Andrew J. Oswald: w10499

Published: Blanchflower, David G. and Andrew J. Oswald. "Money, Sex And Happiness: An Empirical Study," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2004, v106(3), 393-415. citation courtesy of

February 2004Self-Employment: More may not be better

Published: Blanchflower, David G. "Self-employment: more may not be better." Swedish Economic Policy Review 11, 2 (Fall 2004): 15-74.

September 2003What Effect do Unions Have on Wages Now and Would 'What Do Unions Do' Be Surprised?
with Alex Bryson: w9973


  • Blanchflower, David and Alex Bryson. "What effect do unions have on wages now and would Freeman and Medoff be surprised?" Journal of Labor Research 25, 3 (Summer 2004): 383-414.
  • Bennett, James T. and Bruce E. Kaufman (eds.) What Do Unions Do?: The Evidence Twenty Years Later. 2004.

December 2002Changes over time in union relative wage effects in the UK and the US revisited
with Alex Bryson: w9395

Published: Addison, John and Claus Schnabel (eds.) International Handbook of Trade Unions. Edward Elgar, 2003.

January 2000Self-Employment in OECD Countries

Published: Labour Economics, Vol. 7, no. 5 (September 2000): 471-505 citation courtesy of

Well-Being Over Time in Britain and the USA
with Andrew J. Oswald: w7487

Published: Blanchflower, David G. and Andrew J. Oswald. "Well-Being Over Time In Britain And The USA," Journal of Public Economics, 2004, v88(7-8,Jul), 1359-1386. citation courtesy of

December 1998Discrimination in the Small Business Credit Market
with Phillip B. Levine, David J. Zimmerman: w6840

Published: David G. Blanchflower & Phillip B. Levine & David J. Zimmerman, 2003. "Discrimination in the Small-Business Credit Market," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 85(4), pages 930-943, 09. citation courtesy of

July 1997Changes Over Time in Union Relative Wage Effects in Great Britain and the United States

Published: "Unionism in the United States and Other Advanced OECD Countries", Industrial Relations, Vol. 31, no. 1 (January 1992): 56-79.

The Rising Well-Being of the Young
with Andrew J. Oswald: w6102


June 1994Estimating a Wage Curve for Britain 1973-1990
with Andrew J. Oswald: w4770

Published: Economic Journal, September 1994, Vol. 104, No. 426, pp. 1025-1043.

May 1994The Legacy of Communist Labor Relations
with Richard B. Freeman: w4740

Published: Blanchflower, David G. and Richard B. Freeman. "The Attitudinal Legacy Of Communist Labor Relations," International Labor Relations Review, 1997, v50(3,Apr), 438-459.

June 1993Did the Thatcher Reforms Change British Labour Performance?
with Richard B. Freeman: w4384

Published: Is the British Labour Market Different, ed. R. Barrell, Cambridge University Press, 1994.

March 1993A Comparison of Changes in the Structure of Wages
with Lawrence F. Katz, Gary W. Loveman: w4297


  • Lawrence F. Katz & Gary W. Loveman & David G. Blanchflower, 1995. "A Comparison of Changes in the Structure of Wages in Four OECD Countries," NBER Chapters, in: Differences and Changes in Wage Structures, pages 25-66 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Differences and Changes in Wage Structures, University of Chicago Press, ed . Katz and Freeman, 1995.

December 1992Wages, Profits and Rent-Sharing
with Andrew J. Oswald, Peter Sanfey: w4222

Published: Quarterly Journal of Economics, February, 1996, vol.CXI(1), pp. 227-252. citation courtesy of

Entrepreneurship, Happiness and Supernormal Returns: Evidence from Britain and the US
with Andrew Oswald: w4228
October 1992International Wage Curves
with Andrew J. Oswald: w4200


March 1992Training at Work: A Comparison of U.S. and British Youths
with Lisa M. Lynch: w4037


June 1991A Longitudinal Analysis of Young Entrepreneurs in Australia and the United States
with Bruce D. Meyer: w3746

Published: Small Business Economics, Jan 1994, pp. 1-19 (vol. 6, No. 1).

May 1990Fear, Unemployment and Pay Flexibility

Published: The Economic Journal, Vol. 101, No. 406, pp.483-496, (May 1991). citation courtesy of

April 1990Going Different Ways: Unionism in the U.S. and Other Advanced O.E.C.D. Countries
with Richard B. Freeman: w3342

Published: Industrial Relations, 1992 p. 56-79

February 1990Unemployment and the Demand for Unions
with Robert Crouchley, Saul Estrin, Andrew Oswald: w3251
What Makes an Entrepreneur? Evidence on Inheritance and Capital Constraints
with Andrew J. Oswald: w3252

Published: Blanchflower, David G. and Andrew J. Oswald. "What Makes An Entrepreneur?," Journal of Labor Economics, 1998, v16(1,Jan), 26-60.

November 1989Insider Power in Wage Determination
with Andrew J. Oswald, Mario D. Garrett: w3179

Published: Economica, Vol. 57, pp. 143-170, (1990). citation courtesy of

Unionization and Employment Behavior
with Neil Millward, Andrew J. Oswald: w3180

Published: Economic Journal, Vol. 101, No. 407, pp.815-834, July 1991.

The Wage Curve
with Andrew J. Oswald: w3181


  • The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 92, No. 2, pp. 215-235, 1990. citation courtesy of
  • David G. Blanchflower & Andrew J. Oswald, 1995. "The Wage Curve," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 026202375x, April. citation courtesy of

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