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 March 24, 2021

A Research Agenda on Good Jobs and Economic Mobility

A new agenda focuses on developing additional measures of job quality elements, building data infrastructure, and analyzing trade-offs workers make in choosing jobs.

Pamela J. Loprest , Demetra Nightingale, William J. Congdon, Molly M. Scott , Batia Katz, Jessica Shakesprere

Employer practices March 24, 2021

What Do Workers Value in a Job?

In a survey on 10 major job quality elements, women, Black, and Latinx workers were more likely than men or white workers to value all 10 as "extremely important."

Batia Katz, Molly M. Scott , Pamela J. Loprest

Employer practices March 03, 2021

Who Gets What Job? Taking a Racial Equity Approach to Improving Job Quality

Improving job quality for low-wage workers must address occupational segregation and unequal access to good jobs across race, ethnicity, and gender.

Jessica Shakesprere, Batia Katz, Archana Pyati

Employer practices March 03, 2021

Do Good Jobs Promote Economic Mobility, and If So, How?

Elements of job quality can affect workers' economic mobility in both direct and indirect ways. Jobs that facilitate skill development could have the greatest potential for mobility.

Pamela J. Loprest , William J. Congdon, Batia Katz, Jessica Shakesprere

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