Eileen Appelbaum

Senior Economist, Center for Economic & Policy Research

Eileen Appelbaum joined the Center for Economic Policy and Research in 2010 after eight years at Rutgers University as Professor and Director of the Center for Women and Work. Her research focuses on work processes and work-life practices of organizations and their implications for organizational effectiveness and for the quality of jobs. Her current research, joint with Rosemary Batt, examines the effects of private equity ownership of firms on managerial decision making, firm competitiveness and employee outcomes. Publications include the co-edited volume, Low Wage America: How Employers Are Reshaping Opportunity in the Workplace (2003) and the coauthored books, Manufacturing Advantage: Why High Performance Work Systems Pay Off (2000) and The New American Workplace: Transforming Work Systems in the US (1994), all three of which were selected by Princeton University as Noteworthy Books in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics. She received a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Recent publications include:

  • “Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with California Paid Family Leave” (with Ruth Milkman)
  • “Work Process and Quality of Care in Early Childhood Education” (with Carrie Leana)
  • “Low-Wage Work in High-Income Economies” (with John Schmitt)
  • “High Touch and Here-to-Stay: Future Skills Demands in US Low Wage Service Occupations” (with Mary Gatta)