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Working Paper
Richard Freeman, Wenquan Liang, Ran Song, and Christopher Timmins. Working Paper. “Willingness to Pay for Clean Air in China”. NBER Working PaperAbstract
We develop a residential sorting model incorporating migration disutility to recover the implicit value of clean air in China. The model is estimated using China Population Census Data along with PM2.5 satellite data. Our study provides new evidence on the willingness to pay for air quality improvement in developing countries and is the first application of an equilibrium sorting model to the valuation of non-market amenities in China. We employ two novel instrumental variables based on coal-fired electricity generation and wind direction to address the endogeneity of local air pollution. Results suggest important differences between the residential sorting model and a conventional hedonic model, highlighting the role of moving costs and the discreteness of the choice set. Our sorting results indicate that the economic value of air quality improvement associated with a one-unit decline in PM2.5 concentration is up to $8.83 billion for all Chinese households in 2005.
Forthcoming
Firms as Political Entities: Saving Democracy through Economic Bicameralism
ISABELLE FERRERAS. Forthcoming. Firms as Political Entities: Saving Democracy through Economic Bicameralism. New York: Cambridge University Press.Abstract

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2018
Sharon Block. 2/22/2018. “The NLRB Should Withdraw Hy-Brand . . . AND!.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
The NLRB Should Withdraw Hy-Brand
BENJAMIN SACHS. 2/21/2018. “The NLRB Should Withdraw Hy-Brand.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
The Trump administration is abandoning McDonald’s workers — and everyone else
Sharon Block and BENJAMIN SACHS. 2/9/2018. “The Trump administration is abandoning McDonald’s workers — and everyone else.” Washington Post. Publisher's Version
Uber’s Political Program in the States
BENJAMIN SACHS and Sharon Block. 1/19/2018. “Uber’s Political Program in the States.” onLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Continuing the Labor Law Reform Debate in 2018
BENJAMIN SACHS and Sharon Block. 1/3/2018. “Continuing the Labor Law Reform Debate in 2018.” OnLabor.
2017
Miscimarra’s Parting Shot: Was It a December Massacre?
Sharon Block. 12/19/2017. “Miscimarra’s Parting Shot: Was It a December Massacre?.” onLabor.org. Publisher's Version
TRUMP WANTS YOU TO TIP RESTAURANT OWNERS, NOT SERVERS
Sharon Block and Christine Owens. 12/7/2017. “TRUMP WANTS YOU TO TIP RESTAURANT OWNERS, NOT SERVERS.” Newsweek.org. Publisher's Version
We need an agenda for new laws to prevent sexual harassment
Sharon Block and Terri Gerstein. 12/2/2017. “We need an agenda for new laws to prevent sexual harassment.” The Guardian. Publisher's Version
What Harvey Weinstein Has To Teach Us About the Weakness of Our Laws
Sharon Block. 11/28/2017. “What Harvey Weinstein Has To Teach Us About the Weakness of Our Laws.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Backhanded Compliment: Acosta Threatens Workers Centers
Sharon Block. 11/20/2017. “Backhanded Compliment: Acosta Threatens Workers Centers.” onLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Supreme Court will decide if women can join together to fight sexual harassment at work
Celine McNicholas and Sharon Block. 11/16/2017. “Supreme Court will decide if women can join together to fight sexual harassment at work.” American Constitution Society .Abstract
Today, 24.7 million American workers have been forced to sign contracts that, as a condition of employment, require them to waive their rights to joining a class action lawsuit to address sexual harassment and other workplace disputes—instead these workers must act alone to resolve what is often systemic violations of employment protections. The National Labor Relations Board has determined that these arbitration agreements violate workers’ right under the National Labor Relations Act to join together for “mutual aid and protection.” Business interests—and the Trump administration—disagree. In Murphy Oil, the Supreme Court will decide whether workers have the right to come together to protect themselves from workplace issues like sexual harassment. The case could not be more relevant, or present the Justices with two more starkly divergent options.
It should be illegal to fire the cyclist who gave Trump the finger
BENJAMIN SACHS. 11/8/2017. “It should be illegal to fire the cyclist who gave Trump the finger.” Washington Post. Publisher's Version
We can't stop sexual harassment until we restructure corporate boards
Sharon Block. 11/7/2017. “We can't stop sexual harassment until we restructure corporate boards.” Quartz at Work. Publisher's Version
Autocracy at Work: Understanding the Gothamist Shut Down
Sharon Block and BENJAMIN SACHS. 11/6/2017. “Autocracy at Work: Understanding the Gothamist Shut Down.” onLabor.org. Publisher's Version
A Narrow Preemption Exception
Sharon Block. 10/23/2017. “A Narrow Preemption Exception.” onlabor.org. Publisher's VersionAbstract
In Airline Service Providers Association v. City of Los Angeles, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the contractors’ complaint, finding that the city’s contract clause was not preempted by the National Labor Relations Act, even though it clearly constituted a local government influencing the bargaining process between a private sector actor and the collective bargaining representative of its employees.  The court found such influence or interference tolerable by a municipal actor because it determined that the city was acting as a “market participant” not as a “regulator”.
The Law Is on the N.F.L. Players’ Side
BENJAMIN SACHS and NOAH ZATZ. 10/17/2017. “The Law Is on the N.F.L. Players’ Side.” New York Times Op-Ed. Publisher's Version
Standing or Kneeling: Who Can File a Charge Under the NLRA
Sharon Block. 10/16/2017. “Standing or Kneeling: Who Can File a Charge Under the NLRA”. Publisher's Version
Benching Anthem Protesters is Illegal
Benjamin I. Sachs. 10/12/2017. “Benching Anthem Protesters is Illegal.” OnLabor.

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