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Personnel economics: A research field comes of age

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  • Christian Grund, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Alex Bryson, University College, London, United Kingdom
  • Robert Dur, Erasmus University, Netherlands
  • Christine Harbring, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Alexander Koch
  • Edward Lazear, Stanford University, United States
The application of economic theory and principles to firms’ human resource problems is commonplace today. Personnel economics has come a long way since its early days in the late 1970s and 1980s, when scholars developed its theoretical foundations. In this contribution and introduction to the Special Issue ‘Advances in personnel economics’ of the German Journal of Human Resource Management, we would like to illustrate the origins of the field, outline how personnel economics relates to other research areas, describe major developments in the field and address its future challenges.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGerman Journal of Human Resource Management
Pages (from-to)101-107
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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