Labor and Worklife Program postdoctoral fellow Phillippe Scrimger wins LERA’s Best Dissertation Award

April 18, 2019

Labor and Worklife Program postdoctoral fellow Phillippe Scrimger’s Ph.D dissertation “The Distributive Effects of Trade Unionism: A Look at Income Inequality and Redistribution in Canada’s Provinces” has been named the winner of the Labor and Employment Relations Association’s 2019 Thomas A. Kochan and Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Awards Competition. The Award will be formally presented at the LERA 71st Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2019 in Cleveland, OH.

Phillippe’s dissertation was completed under adviser Gregor Murray at the University of Montreal’s School of Industrial Relations. It explores the role unions play in shaping distributive outcomes in a context of changing membership composition, globalization, financialization, and partisan politics. Notably, his research suggests that union inclusiveness to lower-income earners is a key predictor of more egalitarian outcomes in the provinces.

Currently a postdoctoral fellow Harvard Law School’s LWP under adviser Richard Freeman, Phillippe is continuing is work on the distributive impact of unions. His research also looks at how financialization is changing labor market outcomes more broadly.