WIEGO’s Statistics Director Wins Prestigious Book Award

A book co-authored by Françoise Carré, WIEGO’s Director of Statistics—Where Bad Jobs Are Better: Retail Jobs Across Countries and Companies—has won the prestigious William G. Bowen Award for the Outstanding Book on Labor and Public Policy, presented by Princeton University, Industrial Relations Section.

Francoise Carre Where Bad Jobs are Better

Carré co-authored the book with Chris Tilly, professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. It was published by the Russell Sage Foundation in 2017.

Where Bad Jobs Are Better investigates retail work across different industries and seven countries to demonstrate that better retail jobs are not just possible but already exist. The authors analyze the factors that lead to more desirable retail jobs and chart a path to improving job quality for all low-wage jobs.

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About the Award

The William G. Bowen Award is given annually to the book making the most important contribution toward understanding public policy related to industrial relations and the operation of labour markets. It is particularly prestigious because nominations from authors or publishers are neither solicited nor accepted; the selection process is entirely independent.

The award was established to honour the significant contributions William Bowen made to the fields of Labor Economics, Industrial Relations, and Human Resources, and his long association with Princeton’s Industrial Relations Section.

Bowen began his graduate studies in economics at Princeton in 1955 and went on to be professor and then provost at the university. In 1972, he became Princeton’s president, a position he held for 16 years, when he was appointed President of the Mellon Foundation.