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Fall ’19 PUP Brown Bag: New Evidence on the Decline in American Job Quality

October 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


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A defining feature of the post-1970s American economy has been unshared growth, strikingly illustrated by the absolute decline in average incomes for the bottom 50 percent of working-age adults. This regressive growth path should have important implications for the share and distribution of decent jobs. This paper uses Current Population Survey data to document changes in job quality for 1979-2017 with measures of decent-, low- and lousy-wage jobs for groups defined by age, gender, education, race and nativity. In contrast to much of the recent literature, I find neither “declining-middle’ polarization nor a stable incidence of low- and lousy-wage jobs. Instead, there has been a long-term shift from decent to lousy jobs, particularly striking for young (18-34) workers.




Date And Time
Tuesday, October 15, 2019  at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT


Location: 79 Fifth Avenue, Room 1618 (16th Floor), New York, NY 10003