Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

About the Authors

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

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Chapter 1: Introduction and Background

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pp. 1-17

The combination of inequality and volatility that characterizes the U.S. labor market has clearly generated a great deal of insecurity, even among currently employed Americans. They worry about when they might lose their jobs, how they might sustain themselves and their families during a...

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Chapter 2: Good Jobs: Basic Facts and Trends over Time

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pp. 18-56

Are good jobs really disappearing in the United States over the long term, as many notable authors and commentators (like Lou Dobbs and Harold Meyerson, among others) frequently suggest...

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Chapter 3: Job Quality and Volatility: How Do They Affect Worker Earnings?

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pp. 57-92

In the previous chapter, we showed that high-quality jobs are still relatively available in the United States, though apparently less so than before for workers with lower levels of education or skill. This relative change in the availability of good jobs for less-skilled workers could have important...

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Chapter 4: Job Quality and Volatility in Metropolitan Areas: A Tale of Two (Kinds of) Cities

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pp. 93-127

The previous two chapters have demonstrated the importance of job quality in U.S. labor markets and indicated that the access of less-skilled workers to high-quality jobs might be diminishing over time. Job volatility can also have either positive or negative impacts on workers, depending...

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Chapter 5: Good Jobs and Firm Dynamics

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pp. 128-142

“A giant sucking sound” was the way Ross Perot described the effect of globalization on middle-income American jobs during the 1982 presidential election. The alleged vanishing of well-paid jobs has been a theme of newspaper and magazine articles ever since. These concerns make sense...

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Chapter 6: Conclusion and Policy Implications

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pp. 143-170

What have we learned about long-term trends in job quality and volatility in the previous chapters, and what do these findings imply for trends in inequality and insecurity among workers in the United States? What kinds of good jobs are growing in this country, and who is getting them?...

Notes

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pp. 171-184

References

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pp. 185-198

Index

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pp. 199-214