Dale Belman
School of Human Resources and Labor Relations
Department of Economics

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Dale Belman is a professor in the School of Human Resources & Labor Relations at Michigan State University. He conducts research on unions and labor market regulation. What Does the Minimum Wage Do?, forthcoming from the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, reviews the last decade of research on the effect of the minimum wage on employment, hours, earnings and other outcomes. Belman has also written about the construction industry, truckers and trucking, public-sector employment, minimum-wage and low-wage work. He received his master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College. He is president of the Institute for Construction Economics Research (ICERES) and also writes about the minimum wage at https://medium.com/@minimumwagebook.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

  • Belman, D. and P. Wolfson, (2015) "Who Does the Minimum Wage Affect?" Industrial Relations, 54(4), 582-621.
  • Berg, P., Kossek, E. E., Misra, K., & Belman, D. (2014). Work-life flexibility policies: Do unions affect employee access and use? Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 67(1), 111-137. doi:http://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ilr:articl:v:67:y:2014:i:1:p:111-137
  • Pogodzinski, B., Youngs, P., Frank, K. A., & Belman, D. (2012). Administrative climate and novices' intent to remain teaching. The Elementary School Journal, 113(2), 252-275. doi:10.1086/667725
  • Belman, D. L., & Wolfson, P. (2010). The effect of legislated minimum wage increases on employment and hours: A dynamic analysis. Labour, 24(1), 1-25. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9914.2010.00468.x
  • Belman, D., Ormiston, R., Kelso, R., Schriver, W., & Frank, K. A. (2010). Project labor agreements’ effect on school construction costs in Massachusetts. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 49(1), 44-60. doi:10.1111/j.1468-232X.2009.00586.x

Books and Technical Reports

  • Belman, D., & Wolfson, P. (2015), What Does the Minimum Wage Do in Developing Countries? A Review of Studies and Methodologies, Conditions of Work and Employment Series No. 62. International Labour Organization (ILO) View Publication
  • Belman, D., & Wolfson, P. (2015), A Methodological Review of the Literature on the Effect of the Minimum Wage on Low Income and Developing Countries, Monograph, Korean Labor Institute, 1 - 34
  • Belman, D., & Wolfson, P. (2014). What does the minimum wage do? Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
  • Frank, K. A., Maroulis, S., Belman, D., & Kaplowitz, M. D. (2011). The social embeddedness of natural resource extraction and use in small fishing communities. In W. Taylor & M. Schecter (Eds.), Sustainable fisheries: Multi-level approaches to a global problem (pp. 309-332). Bethesda, MD: American Fisheries Society.
  • Belman, D., & Bodah, M. M. (2010). Building better: A look at best practices for the design of project labor agreements. Washington, DC: Economic Policy Institute. View Publication
  • Frank, K. A., Kim, C. M., & Belman, D. (2010). Utility theory, social networks, and teacher decision making: Modeling networks’ influences on teacher attitudes and practices In A. J. Daly (Ed.), Social network theory and educational change (pp. 223-242). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.


  • Bowen Prize for Best Public Policy Book, Industrial Relations Section, Princeton University, 2014
  • Graduate School Research Fellowships, UWM, 1987 & 1992
  • Graduate School Research Development Grant, UWM, 1989
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Association Fellowship, 1980-81


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