Rafael Gomez

Director

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

The wage and pay structure impacts of unions on CEO and executive pay; union and non-union voice at work; demographic issues related to the workplace and cross country growth; local employment and economic development.

Biography

Rafael Gomez received his B.A. from York University, and M.A., M.I.R. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He is Director of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto. 

Recent publications include “Labour Market Policies in the Provinces,” in Provinces: Canadian provincial politics (edited by C. Dunn), with Morley Gunderson (2016); “Workplace Democracy for the 21st Century,” a discussion paper for the Broadbent Institute, with Juan Gomez (2016); “Do immigrants gain or lose by occupational licensing,” in Canadian Public Policy, with Morley Gunderson, Xiaoyu Huang and Tingting Zhang (2015); “Employee Voice and the Transaction Cost Economics Project, in The Handbook of Research on Employee Voice (edited by Adrian Wilkinson, Jimmy Donaghey, Tony Dundon and Richard Freeman), with Paul Willman, Tobias Kretschmer and Alex Bryson (2014); “Relative Income, Mental Accounting and the Life-Satisfaction of Older Adults: Do Retirees Differ from the Non-Retired,” in Industrial Relations Journal, with Morely Gunderson and Umar Boodoo (2014).

Research Awards

2005 - John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award for Exceptional Contributions to International and Comparative Labour and Employment Research

2005 - McGraw–Hill Best Paper Award in Business Economics, Global Conference on Business and Economics, Oxford (UK) (with David Foot)

2001 - Honourable Mention Award for the Best Ph.D. Dissertation - IRRA

1998 - Emerging Scholars Award - American Compensation Association

1997 - Connaught Scholarship - University of Toronto

1996 - Open Fellowship - University of Toronto

1995 - Book Prize in Economics - York University

Bibliography

Berry, R Albert & Indart Gustavo. (2004). The Impact of Liberalization and Globalization on Labor Market Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean. (M. Gunderson, R. Gomez, & Downes A). Economic reforms growth and inequality in Latin America essays in honor of Albert Berry. Ashgate.

Bryson, A & Gomez, R. (2005). Why have workers stopped joining unions: The rise in never membership in Britain. British Journal of Industrial Relations. Unknown.

Bryson, A, Gomez, R., & Willman, P. (2010). Online social networking and trade union membership: what the Facebook phenomenon truly means for labor organizers. Labor History. Unknown.

Bryson, A., & Gomez, R. (2003). Buying into Union Membership. (H. Gospel, & S. Wood) Representing workers: trade union recognition and membership in Britain, Future of trade unions in Britain. Routledge.

Bryson, A., & Gomez, R. (2003). Marching on Together? Recent trends in union membership. (A. Park, Curtice, J, K. Thomson, L. Jarvis, & C. Bromley) British Social Attitudes: The 19th Report. SAGE Publications.

Bryson, A., & Gomez, R. (2003). Segmentation, switching costs and the demand for unionization in Britain. Segmentation, switching costs and the demand for unionization in Britain, Discussion Paper. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Bryson, A., & Gomez, R. (2003). Why Have Workers Stopped Joining Unions?. Why Have Workers Stopped Joining Unions?. Centre for Economic Performance Discussion Paper No. 589. London School of Economics.

Bryson, A., Gomez, R., & Willam, P. (2004). The end of the affair? the decline in employers propensity to unionize. (J. Kelly, & P. Willam) Union organization and activity. Routledge.

Bryson, A., Gomez, R., & Willman, P. (2006). Voice at work..what do employers want?: A symposium summary. Socio Economic Review. Unknown.

Bryson, A., Gomez, R., & Willman, P. (2003). Why Do Voice Regimes Differ?. Why Do Voice Regimes Differ?, Centre for Economic Performance Discussion Paper No. 591. London School of Economics.

Bryson, A., Gomez, R., & Willman, P. (2008). From the Two Faces of Unionism to the Facebook Society: Union Voice in a 21st Century Context. From the Two Faces of Unionism to the Facebook Society: Union Voice in a 21st Century Context. Centre for Economic Performance.

Bryson, A., Gomez, R., Gunderson, M., & Meltz N. (2005). Youth adult differences in the demand for unionization Are American British and Canadian workers all that different. Journal of Labor Research. Unknown.

Bryson, A., Gomez, R., Kretschmer, T, & Willman, P. (2007). The diffusion of workplace voice and high commitment human resource management practices in Britain 1984 1998. Industrial and Corporate Change. Unknown.

Bryson, A., Gomez, R., Kretschmer, T., & Willman, P. (2007). Employee Voice and Human Resource Management: An Empirical Analysis using British Data. Employee Voice and Human Resource Management: An Empirical Analysis using British Data, PSI Research Discussion Paper 27. Policy Studies Institute.

Bryson, A., Gomez, R., Kretschmer, T., & Willman, P. (2014). What Accounts for the Union Member Advantage in Voter Turnout? Evidence from the European Union, 2002-2008. Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations. Érudit.

Budd, J., Gomez, R., & Meltz Noah M. (2004). Nice Guys Can Finish First: Balancing Competing Interests as an Industrial Relations Paradigm. (B. Kaufman) Theoretical perspectives on work and the employment relationship. Industrial Relations Research Association.

Campolieti, M, Gomez, R., & Gunderson, M. (2009). Volunteering, Income Support Programs and Persons with Disabilities. Relations Industrielles. Relations Industrielles.

Campolieti, M, Gomez, R., & Gunderson, M. (2013). Does Non Union Employee Representation Act as a Complement or Substitute to Union Voice Evidence from Canada and the United States. Industrial Relations. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Campolieti, M., Gomez, R., & Gunderson, M. (2007). Say what: employee voice in Canada. (R. B. Freeman, P. Boxall, & P. Haynes) What workers say: employee voice in the Anglo-American workplace. ILR Press.

Campolieti, M., Gomez, R., & Gunderson, M. (2013). Does Non‐Union Employee Representation Act as a Complement or Substitute to Union Voice? Evidence from Canada and the United States. Industrial Relations. Wiley Subscription Services Inc.

Campolieti, M., Gomez, R., & Gunderson, M. (2013). Managerial Hostility and Attitudes towards Unions: A Canada-US Comparison. Journal of Labor Research. Transaction Publishers Inc.

Campolieti, M., Gomez, R., & Gunderson, M. (2008). Have Young Workers Lost Their (Collective) Voice? Youth-Adult Preferences for Workplace Voice in Canada. (G. Defreitas) Young workers in the global economy: job challenges in North America, Europe and Japan. Edward Elgar.

Campolieti, M., Gunderson, M., & Gomez, R. (2011). What Accounts for the Representation Gap? Decomposing Canada — US Differences in the Desire for Collective Voice. Journal of Industrial Relations. SAGE Publications.

Downes A, Gomez, R., & Gunderson, M. (2004). The two way interaction between globalization and labour market policies. Oxford Development Studies. Unknown.

Foot, D. K., & Gomez, R. (2006). Population Ageing and Sectoral Growth: The Case of the U.K., 2006-2026. Population Ageing and Sectoral Growth: The Case of the U.K., 2006-2026, International Journal of International Business Economics. Unknown.

Gomez, R. & De Cos P H. (2008). Does population ageing promote faster economic growth?. Review of Income and Wealth. Unknown.

Gomez, R. & Foot, D K. (2003). Age structure income distribution and economic growth. Canadian Public Policy. Unknown.

Gomez, R. & Foot, David. (2013). The Destiny of Demographic Change. Policy Options. Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Gomez, R. & Gomez, J. (2016). Workplace Democracy for the 21st Century. Unknown. The Broadbent Institute.

Gomez, R. & Gomez, J. (2018). Canada: Opportunities for the many? In Neufeind, M., O'Reilly, J., & Ranft, F. (2018). Work in the digital age: Challenges of the fourth Industrial Revolution. London : Rowman & Littlefield International.

Gomez, R. & Gunderson, M. (2002). The Integration of Labour Markets in North America. (G. Hoberg) Capacity for Choice: Canada in a New North America. University of Toronto Press.

Gomez, R. & Gunderson, M. (2003). Volunteer Activity and the Demands of Work and Family. Relations Industrielles. Unknown.

Gomez, R. & Gunderson, M. (2004). The Experience Good Model of Union Membership. (Phanindra V. Wunnava) The Changing Role of Unions: New Forms of Representation. M.E. Sharpe.

Gomez, R. & Gunderson, M. (2005). Does Economic Convergence Lead to Social Policy Convergence? An Analysis of North American and International Linkages. (R. G. Harris, & T. Lemieux) Social and labour market aspects of North American linkages. University of Calgary Press.

Gomez, R. & Gunderson, M. (2011). For whom the retirement bell tolls: Accounting for changes in the expected age of retirement and the incidence of mandatory retirement in Canada. Canadian Public Policy. Unknown.

Gomez, R. & Hernández De Cos P. (2008). The Importance of Being Mature: The effect of demographic maturation on global per-capita GDP. Journal of Population Economics. Unknown.

Gomez, R. Gunderson, M., & Campolieti, M. (2011). What Accounts for the Representation Gap? Decomposing Canada—US Differences in the Desire for Collective Voice. Journal of Industrial Relations. Emerald.

Gomez, R. (2002). Multilateral Worker Protection in an Era of Footloose Capital. (C. Branche, & N. M. Cowell)Human resource development and workplace governance in the Caribbean. Randle.

Gomez, R. (2004). Employment with a Human Face: Balancing Efficiency, Equity, and Voice. Industrial Relations/Relations Industrielles. Universite Laval - Departement des Relations Industrielles.

Gomez, R. (2004). Review of "Labor Standards in the United States and Canada". British Journal of Industrial Relations. Unknown.

Gomez, R. (2006). The Importance of Being Mature: The effect of demographic maturation on global per-capita GDP. The Importance of Being Mature: The effect of demographic maturation on global per-capita GDP, Working Paper Series no. 670. European Central Bank.

Gomez, R. (2007). Barriers to the Inter provincial Mobility of Labour. (M. Gunderson, & Canada)Barriers to the Inter provincial Mobility of Labour. Industry Canada Micro Economic Policy Analysis Branch.

Gomez, R. (2007). Partisanship, Globalization, and Canadian Labour Market Policy: Four Provinces in Comparative Perspective. Industrial and Labor Relations Review. Unknown.

Gomez, R. (2010). Globalization and Labour Conditions: Working Conditions and Worker Rights in a Global Economy. By ROBERT J. FLANAGAN. Economica. Unknown.

Gomez, R. (2012). Interregional Migration and Public Policy in Canada. Journal of Regional Science. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Gomez, R. (2012). The Thought of Work. Relations industrielles/ Industrial Relations. Les Presses de l'Université Laval.

Gomez, R. (2016). Employee Voice and Representation in the New World of Work: Issues and Options for Ontario. Ontario Changing Workplaces Review Academic Research Projects. Ontario Ministry of Labour.

Gomez, R. Review of "Globalization and Labor Conditions: Working Conditions and Worker Rights in a Global Economy". Econometrica. Unknown.

Gomez, R. Small business and the city the transformative potential of small scale entrepreneurship. (Isakov Andre, & Semansky Matt) Small business and the city the transformative potential of small scale entrepreneurship. Unknown.

Gomez, R. The effect of social capital salary compression and equity on individual and organizational performance. The effect of social capital salary compression and equity on individual and organizational performance. Unknown.

Gomez, R., & Lamb, D. (2013). Demographic Origins of the Great Recession: Implications for China. China & World Economy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Gomez, R., & Santor E. (2001). Membership has its privileges The effect of social capital and neighbourhood characteristics on the earnings of microfinance borrowers. Canadian Journal of Economics. Unknown.

Gomez, R., & Verma, A. (2011). Does Employee Relations Occur in a Vacuum? Recent Evidence on Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Relations in Canada. (P. Lapointe, J. Pelletier, & F. Vaudreuil) Different Perspectives on Work Changes. Les Presses de l'Université Laval.

Gomez, R., & Verma, A. Corporate Social Responsibility and Greater Worker Protection: Two Sides of the Same Coin?. Proceedings at the 16th ILERA World Congress , Beyond Borders: Governance of Work in a Global Economy. Unknown.

Gomez, R., & Wald Steven. (2010). When public sector salaries become public knowledge academic salaries and Ontario s Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act. Canadian Public Administration. Institute of Public Administration of Canada.

Gomez, R., Cross, J., & Money, K. (2013). The Little Black Book for Managers: Maximizing Your Key Moments of Power as a Manager. The Little Black Book for Managers: Maximizing Your Key Moments of Power as a Manager. Wiley Press.

Gomez, R., Gunderson, M., & Campolieti, M. (2012). Does Non-Union Employee Representation Act as a Complement or Substitute to Union Voice? Evidence from Canada and the United States. Unknown. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Gomez, R., Gunderson, M., & Campolieti, M. (2013). Managerial Hostility and Attitudes Towards Unions: A Canada-US Comparison. Journal of Labour Research. Springer Us.

Gomez, R., Gunderson, M., & Luchak A. (2002). Mandatory retirement a constraint in transitions to retirement. Employee Relations. Emerald.

Gomez, R., Gunderson, M., & Meltz N. (2002). Comparing youth and adult desire for unionization in Canada. British Journal of Industrial Relations. Unknown.

Gomez, R., Gunderson, M., & Morissette, R. (2013). Labour Adjustment Implications of Service Offshoring: Evidence from Canada. British Journal of Industrial Relations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Gomez, R., Gunderson, M., Huang X, & Zhang T. (2015). Do immigrants gain or lose by occupational licensing. Canadian Public Policy. Unknown.

Gomez, R., Katchonovski, I., Lipset, S. M., & Meltz, N. (2004). The paradox of American unionism: why Americans like unions more than Canadians do, but join much less. The paradox of American unionism: why Americans like unions more than Canadians do, but join much less. ILR Press, an imprint of Cornell University Press.

Gomez, R., Kretschmer, T., Bryson, A., & Willman, P. (2013). The comparative advantage of non-union voice in Britain, 1980 - 2004. Industrial Relations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Gomez, R., Papps, K., & Bryson, A. (2011). Heterogeneous Worker Ability and Team-Based Production: Evidence from Major League Baseball, 1920-2009. Labour Economics. Elsevier.

Gomez, R., Reid, F., & Meltz Noah M. (2005). The Social, Political and Economic Labour Relations Environment. (M. Gunderson, A. Ponak, & D. Taras) Union-management relations in Canada. Pearson Addison-Wesley.

Gomez, R., Willman, P., Kretschmer, T., & Bryson, A. (2014). Employee Voice and the Transaction Cost Economics Project.(A. Wilkinson, J. Donaghey, T. Dundon, & R. Freeman) The Handbook of Research on Employee Voice. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Gunderson, M. & Gomez, R. (2000). Voluntary Activities Amongst the Unemployed. Unknown. Social Research Development Corporation.

Gunderson, M. & Gomez, R. (2005). Employment Patterns of Non-Standard Workers Analysis Using 2001 GSS. Unknown. Human Resources Development Canada.

Gunderson, M. & Gomez, R. (2005). Employment Patterns of Seasonal Workers Analysis Using 2001 GSS. Unknown. Human Resources Development Canada.

Gunderson, M. & Gomez, R. (2005). Volunteer Activities Amongst Seniors and Retirees A Current View and Future Predictions. Unknown. Human Resources Development Canada.

Gunderson, M. & Gomez, R. (2006). Adjustment in Labour Markets Internal and External to the Firm. Unknown. Skills Research Initiative on Adjustment in Markets for Skilled Workers.

Gunderson, M. & Gomez, R. (2006). Labour Adjustment Implications of the Offshore Outsourcing of Business Services. (D. Trefler) Offshore Outsourcing: Capitalizing on Lessons Learned. Rotman School of Business.

Gunderson, M. & Gomez, R. (2007). Barriers to the Inter provincial Mobility of Labour. Industry Canada Conference on Internal Trade. Industry Canada Micro Economic Policy Analysis Branch.

Gunderson, M. & Gomez, R. (2007). Volunteer Activities Amongst Seniors and Retirees. Unknown. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

Gunderson, M. & Gomez, R. (2008). Causas y consecuencias de participación en actividades de voluntariado: Una perspectiva canadiense. Revista de Economia Social. Unknown.

Gunderson, M. & Gomez, R. (2009). Creation of Values and Principles: Canada's Experience with CUFTA and NAFTA.(Tussie Diana)The politics of trade: the role of research in trade policy and negotiation. International Development Research Centre.

Gunderson, M. & Gomez, R. (2009). Mandatory Retirement: Myths, Myths and More Damn Myths. (Abbott Michael G) Retirement policy issues in Canada. John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy.

Gunderson, M. & Gomez, R. (2016). Labour Market Policies in the Provinces. (C. Dunn) Provinces: Canadian provincial politics / Provinces: Canadian provincial politics. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Gunderson, M. & Gomez, R. Non-Standard and Vulnerable Workers: A Case of Mistaken Identity. Canadian Labour and Employment Law. Unknown.

Gunderson, M., & Gomez, R. (2005). The Aging Workforce and its Transitions to Retirement. Unknown. Human Resources Development Canada.

Gunderson, M., & Gomez, R. (2006). Imperfections in the Market for Skilled Workers. Unknown. Skills Research Initiative on Adjustment in Markets for Skilled Workers.

Gunderson, M., & Gomez, R. (2007). Barriers to the Inter-Provincial Mobility of Labour. Unknown. Industry Canada and Human Resources Development Canada.

Gunderson, M., Boodoo, U., & Gomez, R. (2014). Relative Income, Mental Accounting and the Life-Satisfaction of Older Adults: Do Retirees Differ from the Non-Retired. Industrial Relations Journal. John Wiley and Sons Ltd.

Gunderson, M., Campolieti, M., & Gomez, R. (2009). Disabled Persons and Non-Standard Work. (P. Gonzalez, D. Prieto, J. Velazquez, & M. Saez)Essays on Economics, Disability and Employment. Delta Publications.

Gunderson, M., Gomez, R., & Gomez, J. (2008). The Changing Nature of Work and the Impact of Labour Mobility of Regulated Professionals in Canada. Unknown. Labour Mobility Division, Skills and Employment Branch, HRSDC.

Gunderson, M., Meltz, N., & Gomez, R. (2004). From Playstations to Work Stations Young Workers and the Experience-Good Model of Union Membership. (A. Verma, & Tom Kochan) Unions in the 21st century an international perspective. Palgrave Macmillan.

Hernandez de Cos, P., & Gomez, R. (2003). Demographic Maturity and Economic Performance: The effect of demographic transitions on per capita GDP growth. Demographic Maturity and Economic Performance: The effect of demographic transitions on per capita GDP growth, Documento de Trabajo n.º 0318. Banco de Espana Servicio de Estudios.

Kaufman, B. E., Barry, M., Gomez, R., & Wilkinson, A. (2018). Evaluating the State of the Employment Relationship: A Balanced Scorecard Approach Built on Mackenzie King’s Model of an Industrial Relations System. Relations Industrielles / Industrial Relations, 73(4), 664–701. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/login.aspx?direct=true&db=buh&AN=134921863&site=ehost-live

Ratnam, V. C., & Verma, A. (2004). Non-Governmental Organisations and Trade Unions - The Case Of India. (A. Verma, & Kochan Thomas A)Unions in the 21st century: an international perspective. Palgrave Macmillan.

Verma, A. & Gomez, R. (2009). Do Employee Relations Occur in a Vacuum? Recent Evidence on Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Relations in Canada. (P. Lapointe) Perspectives on Changes in Work. Les Presses de l'Université Laval.

Willman, P., Bryson, A., & Gomez, R. (2006). The sound of silence: Which employers choose no employee voice and why. Socio Economic Review. Unknown.

Willman, P., Bryson, A., & Gomez, R. (2007). The long goodbye: New establishments and the fall of union voice in Britain. International Journal of Human Resource Management. Unknown.

Publications