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Declining Job Quality in the United States: Explanations and Evidence

Citation

Howell, David R. & Kalleberg, Arne L. (2019). Declining Job Quality in the United States: Explanations and Evidence. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 5(4), 1-53.

Abstract

The declining quality of jobs has emerged as a key challenge for researchers and policymakers in the twenty-first century. The growing realization that the quality of jobs is central to addressing a myriad of social and economic problems— such as economic development, family formation and social integration, poverty and inequality, and individual well-being— has put this age-old topic on the front burner for social scientists in the United States and around the world. This essay offers our perspective on the job quality problem and debate. We document changes in American job quality since the late 1970s, survey leading explanations, and review the recent evidence.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.7758/rsf.2019.5.4.01

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences

Author(s)

Howell, David R.
Kalleberg, Arne L.

Year Published

2019

Volume Number

5

Issue Number

4

Pages

1-53

Reference ID

12973