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The Importance of Accounting for Job Quality

David Howell () and Mamadou Diallo

Challenge, 2008, vol. 51, issue 1, 26-44

Abstract: These authors argue that traditional measures of employment and unemployment are not adequate. In the traditional data, a low-paying job counts as much as a high-paying one. The authors create new indicators to determine how well Americans are doing. They show that a strikingly low percentage of American workers have what the authors define as adequate jobs, although the rate has improved since 1979. Serious job-quality deterioration has occurred, however, for those, especially men, who have at least a high school diploma but no more than two years of college.

Date: 2008
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DOI: 10.2753/0577-5132510102

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