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Sailors of the Concrete Sea: A Portrait of Truck Drivers' Work and Lives

UW-L Author: Taggert J. Brooks, Ph.D.
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Michigan State University Press

Belman, Dale, Kristen A. Monaco, and Taggert J. Brooks. Sailors of the Concrete Sea: A Portrait of Truck Drivers' Work and Lives. East Lansing, Mich: Michigan State University Press, 2005.

Sailors of the Concrete Sea summarizes the data collected from 573 interviews with truck drivers conducted by the Sloan Foundation Trucking Industry Program in 1997 and 1998. This data, unique in its depth and scope, provides a finely textured picture of the work and work life of over-the-road truck drivers in the United States. Presented with supporting data, the book provides information on widely ranging topics, including drivers' hours of service regulations, and views of their jobs. The driver survey is a unique source of data on drivers, both in the range of subjects covered in the survey and in the reliability of the information. The survey questionnaire instrument included more than 250 questions. While some of these questions were designed to facilitate comparison between the Driver Survey and national labor market surveys such as the Current Population Survey, most were designed to explore the characteristics of truck drivers' work. As such, they provide a rich portrait of drivers' work and lives.

About the Author

Dr. Brooks received a BA in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1993; he went on to get his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1999. His work has been published in several scholarly journals, including his dissertation research which focused on measuring the sensitivity of trade flows to changes in the exchange rate. He is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse where his research interests cover a wide variety of topics, including the business cycle, regional banking, and the economics of health. In the past he has taught macro theory and money and banking; and this semester finds him teaching health economics.

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