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Joseph Blasi

Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations

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Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations

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Joseph Blasi is the J. Robert Beyster Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations and Director of the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Economic Opportunities Program of the Aspen Institute and Joseph’s main work involves the empirical study and policy analysis of varied forms of capital shares for workers, such as employee share ownership, profit sharing, gain sharing, and proposals for broad-based capital shares for citizens that are relevant to “basic income” discussions. His book, The Citizen’s Share: Reducing Inequality in the 21st Century (with colleagues Richard Freeman and Douglas Kruse) was published by Yale University Press in 2014. He studies share plans in American history, in corporations, and in different industries and countries. He teaches the graduate and undergraduate courses on corporate governance. For ten years Blasi has directed a national competitive fellowship program that now includes over 120 research fellows at over 40 universities and thirty U.S. states that study broad based share plans and sponsors two academic conferences a year on these subjects. He is the author of fifteen books and numerous academic articles. Recently, he directs the a two-year research project at Rutgers on the impact of employee share ownership in modest income workers and their families that is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Joseph has been a frequent advisor to governments, Presidents and Presidential candidates, state legislatures, think tanks, and philanthropic foundations, he has authored op-eds and essays for The New York Times, Time Magazine, Fortune, and The Huffington Post, and appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and many other TV and radio stations discussing these issues. He has authored op-eds and essays for The New York Times, Time Magazine, Fortune, and The Huffington Post, and appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and many other TV and radio stations discussing these issues. Dr. Blasi’s other books include Employee Ownership (Harper and Row, 1988), The New Owners with D. Kruse (HarperCollins, 1991), Kremlin Capitalism with M. Kroumova and D. Kruse (Cornell University Press, 1996), A Working Nation with various co-authors (Russell Sage Foundation, 2000), In The Company of Owners with D. Kruse and A. Bernstein (Basic Books, 2003), Shared Capitalism at Work with D. Kruse and R. Freeman (University of Chicago Press, 2010). His articles have appeared in the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Industrial Relations, and the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, among others.