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[Excerpt] Vernon Briggs stepped into a wastebasket and launched my career as a labor economist. In the spring of 1969, I was sleepwalking through the undergraduate economics program at the University of Texas and sitting in Dr. Briggs’s labor economics class. He was vigorously making a point when his misstep off the small classroom stage produced a roar of laughter but did not break his train of thought. He woke me up; I thought, “Man, I want to be as passionate about my life’s work as this guy.


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Curington, W. P. (2010). Vernon Briggs: Real-world labor economist [Electronic version]. In C. J. Whalen (Ed.), Human resource economics and public policy: Essays in honor of Vernon M. Briggs, Jr. (pp. 9-24). Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
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Reprinted with permission of the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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