Arne L. Kalleberg


Ph.D., Kenan Distinguished Professor, Sociology
Adjunct Professor, Management, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Adjunct Professor, Public Policy, Adjunct Professor, Global Studies

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Kalleberg’s recent work examines the changing composition of jobs and job quality during the past 40 years in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has written extensively on the emergence of nonstandard work arrangements such as temporary, contract, and part-time work in the US and in European and Asian countries. His ASA (American Sociological Association) presidential address outlined the reasons behind the increasing precarity of work in the US and its impacts on insecurity among individuals, families, and communities. His 2011 award winning book, Good Jobs, Bad Jobs: The Rise of Polarized and Precarious Employment Systems in the United States, 1970s-2000s, elaborates on these themes and examines the growing polarization of jobs with regard to earnings as well as non-economic rewards such as the control people have over their work activities and their schedules, especially in balancing work and family.

In collaborative work with Mouw, he has examined the role of occupational structure in explaining the growth of wage inequality in the US since the early 1980s. An analysis of Current Population Survey data shows that the bulk of increase in wage inequality is due to differences between (rather than within) occupations, and that a large proportion of this occupational inequality can be explained by three occupational groups—managers, not elsewhere classified, secretaries and computer operators. An analysis of longitudinal PSID data shows that the majority of the increase in wage inequality for men in the US from 1977 to 2005 is due to differential rates of wage growth within firms as opposed to movement between firms. Mouw and Kalleberg recently received a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) for the project “Stepping Stones and Ladders: The Sources of the Mobility of Low Wage Workers in the United States, 1996-2012.” In this project, they will analyze the role that occupation-related skills—and changes in the demand for those skills caused by long-term changes in the occupational structure and short-term labor demand shocks—play in explaining why some low-wage workers “move up” along occupation-based pathways or “ladders” while others are left behind. To answer these questions, they will link longitudinal data on individual workers from four panels of the restricted access version of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), and monthly-matched data from the Current Population Survey, to geographic information on changes in industrial and occupational employment from the Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) and the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES).

In addition to his RSF project with Mouw, Kalleberg will complete a book that describes the effects of precarious work on individual outcomes (such as insecurity and subjective well-being) as well as the transition to adulthood and family formation in six countries (Denmark, Germany, Japan, Spain, the UK and US). He will also continue his research on the consequences of precarious work by examining the relationship between job insecurity and subjective well-being using longitudinal panel data from Russia and Germany, as well as six waves of data from the European Social Surveys.

Primary Research Areas:

  • Demography

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