Overview

Employer practices such as hiring, scheduling, promotion, supervision, and on-the-job training determine workers’ day-to-day reality and long-term prospects in the labor market. The growing prevalence of independent contractors and contingent workers underscores the continued fissuring of employer-employee relationships.

Working Knowledge

Employer practices October 06, 2021

Skills, Degrees, and Persistent Inequality: The Opportunity Gap between STARs and Workers with 4-Year Degrees

Workers without four-year degrees, many of whom have significant job experience and are skilled through alternative routes, face a systemic opportunity gap in the labor market.

Justin Heck

Employer practices July 01, 2021

Charting a Postpandemic Path toward Good Jobs

Five key insights from Urban and WorkRise's forum on how to improve job quality so that work can once again become a pathway for economic security and mobility.

Archana Pyati

Employer practices July 01, 2021

People First, Employees Second: Workers Reflect on What Good Jobs Mean to Them

Workers share their perspectives and experiences at a joint Urban Institute and WorkRise event that explored job quality and the roles different stakeholders play in creating higher-quality jobs for all workers.

Alexandra Tammaro

Demographic disparities April 13, 2021

Using Behavioral Design to Close the Gender Pay Gap

A new study from ideas42 and TIME's UP Foundation advocates for using behavioral design strategies to close the gender pay gap.

Archana Pyati

Research

Employer practices July 01, 2021

Skills, Degrees, and Labor Market Inequality

In a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper, researchers demonstrate that workers with college degrees have dramatically better access to higher-wage occupations where the skill requirements exceed the workers’ observed skill compared to workers without degrees.

Peter Q. Blair, Papia Debroy, Justin Heck