Clair Brown

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Clair Brown


Labor economics, management of technology
Current Status
Ph.D. University of Maryland, 1973
Research Interests
Innovation and creativity in high-tech industries; High-tech labor markets; Status consumption and income distribution; Employment, training and wage systems in US and Japanese firms; 20th century US standards of living.

About Clair Brown

Clair Brown was educated and Wellesley College and the University of Maryland, where she completed her PhD in economics in 1973. She arrived at Berkeley that same year as an assistant professor.Brown's early research focused on employment disparities by gender and race, role of unemployment insurance, and women in the workplace. Her current research focues on the global labor market for high-tech workers, the global competitive advantage of China, India and the US in the semiconductor industry, and the impact of education and immigration policies on engineers' employment and earnings.Professor Brown is the Director of the Center for Work, Technology and Society, and past Director of the Institute of Industrial Relations. She is an Omron Fellow at the Doshisha Institute of Technology in Japan.

Professor Brown has a new book coming out soon, Buddhist Economics.