The application of economic theory and principles to firms’ human resource problems is commonplace today. Personnel economics has come a long way since its early days in the late 1970s and 1980s, when scholars developed its theoretical foundations. In this contribution and introduction to the Special Issue ‘Advances in personnel economics’ of the German Journal of Human Resource Management, we would like to illustrate the origins of the field, outline how personnel economics relates to other research areas, describe major developments in the field and address its future challenges.

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Keywords Challenges, HRM, Personnel economics
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Journal German Journal of Human Resource Management
Grund, C. (Christian), Bryson, A. (Alex), Dur, A.J, Harbring, C. (Christine), Koch, A.K. (Alexander K.), & Lazear, E.P. (Edward P.). (2017). Personnel economics: A research field comes of age. German Journal of Human Resource Management, 31(2), 101–107. doi:10.1177/2397002216684998