The William G. Bowen Award for the Outstanding Book on Labor and Public Policy

                                               William G. Bowen

William G. Bowen's ties with Princeton and the Industrial Relations Section began in 1955, when he enrolled as a graduate student in economics.  Bowen joined the faculty at Princeton in 1958, upon completion of his Ph.D.  After a decade of teaching and advising, in 1967 Bowen became the second Provost of Princeton University.  He remained Provost until his appointment as the 17th President of Princeton University in 1972, a position he held for 16 years, when he was appointed President of the Mellon Foundation.

William Bowen has spent a life as a scholar and academic administrator, with remarkable achievements in both areas, often at the same time.  His scholarship, which ranges over a wide variety of subjects, is always empirically informed, solidly grounded in common sense, and directly aimed at issues of extraordinary importance for public policy.

In recognition of William Bowen's contribution to the fields of Labor Economics, Industrial Relations, and Human Resources and his long association with the Industrial Relations Section, the Section has established an annual award in his name. This award is presented to the book making the most important contribution toward understanding public policy related to industrial relations and the operation of labor markets.

Nominations from authors or publishers are not solicited nor accepted; this is an independent selection process.

Françoise  J. Carré and Chris Tilly, Where Bad Jobs Are Better: Retail Jobs Across Countries and Companies


Beth Akers, Game of Loans: The Rhetoric and Reality of Student Debt


Nancy Woloch, A Class by Herself: Protective Laws for Women Workers, 1890s-1990s


Dale Belman and Paul J. Wolfson, What Does the Minimum Wage Do?

Angus Deaton, The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality

Enrico Moretti, The New Geography of Jobs.