Labor in the New Economy

Labor in the New Economy

Katharine G. Abraham, James R. Spletzer, and Michael Harper Harper

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226001432

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


As the structure of the economy has changed over the past few decades, researchers and policy makers have been increasingly concerned with how these changes affect workers. This book examines a variety of important trends in the new economy, including inequality of earnings and other forms of compensation, job security, employer reliance on temporary and contract workers, hours of work, and workplace safety and health. In order to better understand these issues, scholars must be able to accurately measure labor market activity. Thus, the book also addresses a host of measurement issues: from the treatment of outliers, imputation methods, and weighting in the context of specific surveys to evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of data from different sources. At a time when employment is a central concern for individuals, businesses, and the government, this volume provides insight into the recent past.

Table of Contents


Katharine G. Abraham, James R. Spletzer, and Michael J. Harper

I Trends in Compensation and Job Quality

3 Are the New Jobs Good Jobs?

Katharine G. Abraham and James R. Spletzer

II Labor Market Dynamics, Job Security, and Job Attachment

5 Adjusted Estimates of Worker Flows and Job Openings in JOLTS

Steven J. Davis, R. Jason Faberman, John C. Haltiwanger, and Ian Rucker

7 What Do We Know about Contracting Out in the United States?

Matthew Dey, Susan Houseman, and Anne Polivka

III Hours of Work

IV The Effects of Changing Demographics

10 The Effect of Population Aging on the Aggregate Labor Market

Bruce Fallick, Charles Fleischman, and Jonathan Pingle