Michael J. Nuwer
Professor of Economics
Areas of Specialization
- Labor Economics
- Industrial Relations
- Economic Theory
- Economic History
- Professor, SUNY Potsdam (2002-Present).
- Assitant Director, Potsdam Institute for Applied Research and Evaluation
, SUNY Postsdam (2001-Present).
- Associate Professor, SUNY Potsdam (1992-2002).
- Network Manager, PCNet SUNY Potsdam
- Assistant Professor, SUNY Potsdam (1986 to 1992).
- Assistant Professor, University of Vermont (1985-1986).
- Instructor, University of Utah (1984-1985).
- Principles of Microeconomics
- Principles of Macroeconomics
- Labor Economics
examines the demand and supply of human resources including labor force
participation and trends, compensation and wage determination, investments
in human capital, worker mobility, union and collective bargaining in
the private and public sectors.
- Labor Market Analysis.
The primary focus of this course is the theory of labor market segmentation.
This theory has passed through numerous stages which will be covered
in the course. Labor Market Analysis will also look at the role of technology,
the employer, and the union in structuring the labor market.
- Intermediate Macroeconomics
focuses on employment, output, and income determination. It also analyzes
problems associated with short-run cyclical fluctuations and stabilization
- American Economic
History examines the growth and development of economic institutions
in the United States. It also covers transportation and communication,
finance and investment, technology and industrialization, business and
labor organizations, and prosperity and stagnation in the United States.
- Labor Relations
Law provides both a historical and thematic understanding of national
labor policies in the United States. It examines the use of legal systems
in resolving labor disputes. The primary focus is the application of
the National Labor Relations Act to labor and management.
- Employment Law
is the study of public policies towards labor in the U.S. Emphasis is
on the application of the Fair Labor Standards, Occupational Safety
and Health, and Civil Rights Acts.
- Labor History
covers major developments and shifting relationships of the American
industrial relations system during the 20th century. The major focus
will be the evolution of labor organization, management structure and
- Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
- Introduction to Computing.
An introduction to computer and management information systems, with
an emphasis on the software available for microcomputers that address
organizational, management, and communication problems encountered in
the workplace. Offered with Freshmen Speaking credit and includes the
use of Presentation Graphics software.
- Introduction to Business
Applications. Covers the uses of productivity applications in a
business environment at the basic and intermediate levels. Includes
the use of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation
- Using Spreadsheets
in Business. Covers the uses of spreadsheet software in a business
environment at an intermediate and advanced level. Topics include using
functions, creating templates, using scenarios, managing data lists,
and using VBA.
- Visual Programming
Basics. Explores structured programming in a visual environment.
Primary focus is given to Visual Basic and its use in productivity applications.
Students are introduced to the concepts of event driven programming,
structured procedures and the use of function libraries.
- Web Page Design. Covers
frames, styles, forms, and scripts.
- Designed and over-see the Information Technology minor. The minor
is designed for Liberal Studies students who wish to gain advanced computer
skills and enhance their employment prospects.
- President's Award for Excellence in Academic Service, 1996. "In recognition
of ... outstanding contribution to serving the computing needs of the
Research and Creative Endeavors
- "Review of Daniel Nelson, American Rubber Workers and Organized Labor,
1900-1941," Technology and Culture (October, 1989).
- "From Batch to Flow Production: A Case Study of Production Technology
and Work Force Skills in the Steel Industry, 1880-1920," Technology
and Culture (October, 1988).
- "Technical Change, Strategic Labor and Wage Structure in the U.S.
Steel Industry, 1910-1930," (with Martin Brown) Industrial Relations
- "Labor Market Structures in Historical Perspective: A Case Study of
Technology and Labor Relations in the United States Iron and Steel Industry,
1860-1940," (Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Utah, June 1985).
- "Review of Michael Reich, Racial Inequality: A Political-Economic
Analysis," Economic Forum (Summer 1982).
- "Spanish-American Silver and World Markets in the Sixteenth Century,"
Economic Forum (Summer 1980).
- "Uneven Development and the Structuring of Labor Markets in the American
Steel Industry, 1900-1915," (August, 1991) Cambridge Journal of Economics.
- "Do Workers and Jobs Match?: The Case of Immigrants in the American
Steel Industry" (July, 1991) Industrial Relations.
- "A Case Study of Labor Market Segmentation in the U.S. Steel Industry,"
International Conference on Labor Market Segmentation, Notre Dame University,
- "Deskilling Mechanization, Strategic Power, and Wage Structure in
the American Iron and Steel Industry, 1910-1930," panel discussion paper,
ASSA Meetings, New Orleans, December 1986.
- "Work Force Bargaining and Technological Change in the
Nineteenth Century Steel Industry," panel discussion paper, ASSA Meetings,
San Francisco, December 1983.
- "Wage Structures in the Steel Industry, 1900-1930," panel discussion
paper, ASSA Meetings, San Francisco, December 1983.