Robert J Flanagan

Konosuke Matsushita Professor of International Labor Economics and Policy Analysis, Emeritus

Phone: (650) 723-4884

Email: flanagan@gsb.stanford.edu

Academic Areas: Economics

Professor Flanagan has written extensively on micro and macro issues in cultural economics, comparative labor economics, and human resource management. His recent research interests include the economics of performing arts organizations, and he has recently completed a study of the economic issues facing symphony orchestras (The Perilous Life of Symphony Orchestras: Artistic Triumphs and Economic Challenges (Yale University Press, 2012). His other research interests incluce the effects of globalization on labor conditions and human resource management issues.

Bio

Robert J. Flanagan is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of International Labor Economics and Policy Analysis, Emeritus, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds a BA in Economics from Yale University, and MA and PhD degrees in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Flanagan has published 12 books and over 50 articles in professional journals on labor economics and human resource management. He has also served on the editorial boards of several professional journals.

His research interests have included the economics of performing arts organizations, labor market discrimination, labor union behavior, and the impact of collective bargaining institutions on wages, inflation, and other measures of macroeconomic performance. His most recent book analyzes the economics of symphony orchestras. A previous book examined the effects of globalization on working conditions and labor rights around the world.

Professor Flanagan has taught microeconomics, macroeconomics, and a variety of electives on topics in human resource management in the MBA and Sloan Programs. He has served as Associate Dean of the GSB and Director of the Public Management program.

Academic Degrees

PhD, Univ. of California, Berkeley, 1970, MA, 1966, BA, Yale Univ., 1963.

Professional Experience

At Stanford since 1975. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, 1996-99; GSB Faculty Fellow, 1992-93; Business School Trust Faculty Fellow, 1991-92; Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, 1991; Visiting Prof., The Australian Natl. Univ., 1990, 2000; Visiting Scholar, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 1988; Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, 1984; Senior Staff Economist, Council of Economic Advisors, 1978-79; Visiting Asst. Prof., Univ of California, Berkeley, 1973-74; Asst. Prof., Univ. of Chicago, 1969-75; Economist, U.S. Dept. of Labor, 1963-64;

Selected Publications

  • International Labor Standards: Globalization, Trade, and Public Policy: Stanford Univ. Press, 2003
  • Macroeconomic Performance and Collective Bargaining: An International Perspective: Journal of Economic Literature, 1999
  • Labor Relations and the Litigation Explosion: The Brookings Institution, 1987
  • Unionism, Economic Stabilization, and Incomes Policy: The Brookings Institution, 1983
  • The Perilous Life of Symphony Orchestras: Artistic Triumphs and Economic Challenges: Yale University Press, 2012
  • The Perilous Life of Symphony Orchestras: Yale University Press, 2012

Working Papers

  • 1542: Macroeconomic Performance and Collective Bargaining: An International Perspective
  • 1989: Symphony Musicians and Symphony Orchestras
  • 510: Real Wage Insurance as a Compliance Incentive

Affiliations

  • Member: American Economic Assn., Industrial Relations Research Assn., Society of Labor Economists