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Stages of Occupational Regulation Cover

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Stages of Occupational Regulation

Evidence from Case Studies

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Stratagies for Improving Economic Mobility of Workers

Bridging Research and Practice

Maude Toussaint-Comeau and Bruce D. Meyer, Editors

The contributors to this book provide a provocative assessment of the effectiveness of various policies and practices designed to help disadvantaged segments of our population overcome the obstacles in their path to upward economic mobility.

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Sustainable Prosperity in the New Economy?

Business Organization and High-Tech Employment in the United States

William Lazonick

Lazonick explores the origins of the new era of employment insecurity and income inequality, and considers what governments, businesses, and individuals can do about it. He also asks whether the United States can refashion its high-tech business model to generate stable and equitable economic growth.

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Tackling Unemployment

The Legislative Dynamics of the Employment Act of 1946

Wasem examines the impacts and implications of the Employment Act of 1946 and discusses how provisions of the Act might be useful for today's policymakers.

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TheWorking Life

The Labor Market for Workers in Low-Skilled Jobs

Nan L. Maxwell

Maxwell presents the results of her groundbreaking survey of 405 employers, which queried them about jobs requiring no more than a high school education and no more than one year of work experience. These data allow her to establish the link between skills and low-skilled jobs and to reveal the current state of the labor market facing low-skilled workers. The data also highlights the knowledge and skills that employers require in low-skilled jobs and the abilities that individuals who apply for those jobs bring to the table.

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The Time Use of Mothers in the United States at the Beginning of the 21st Century

Rachel Connelly and Jean Kimmel

Basing their analysis on the American Time Use Survey, Connelly and Kimmel delve into the time use of mothers of preteenaged children in the United States and connect their time uses with their childrens development. This leads to interesting findings that should inform policymakers addressing issues related to taxation, education, and child care subsidies.

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The Transformation of the American Pension System

Was It Beneficial for Workers?

Edward N. Wolff

The share of Americans with defined contribution pension plans now exceeds the share of those with defined benefit plans. Wolff refers to this as the "great transformation" and it leads him to examine recent evidence to see whether there are winners and losers resulting from this switch away from traditional pension plans.

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What Works in Work-First Welfare

Designing and Managing Employment Programs in New York City

Andrew R. Feldman

Feldman presents a case study of how New York City's welfare-to-work programs were managed and implemented in the mid-2000s. It is a performance analysis, using both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the operations and performance of 26 nonprofit and for-profit welfare-to-work programs. The book draws on individual-level data on more than 14,000 participants, and the use of nonsystematic assignment of clients creates a natural experiment that assists in comparing program performance.

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Who Really Made Your Car?

Restructuring and Geographic Change in the Auto Industry

Thomas Klier and James Rubenstein

This book offers a comprehensive look at an industry whose role in motor vehicle production in the United States has been growing. Klier and Rubenstein make use of a unique database containing information on thousands of parts plants in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This allows them to produce an analysis of the motor vehicle parts supplier industry at a level of detail not seen before. It also allows them to meet the two main goals they set out to achieve. The first is to present the key characteristics of the vast network of parts suppliers. The second goal of the book is to describe the changing geography of U.S. motor vehicle production at the local, regional, national, and international levels. In doing that, Klier and Rubenstein illustrate the challenges in store for motor vehicle parts production in the United States and especially in the Midwest.

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The Workforce Investment Act

Implementation Experiences and Evaluation Findings

Douglas J. Besharov and Phoebe H. Cottingham, Editors

Douglas J. Besharov and Phoebe H. Cottingham present a group papers that provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date look yet at WIAs program performance and impact. The papers were commissioned for a meeting held with staff of the European Commission for a discussion of WIA lessons and the implications for future workforce programming in the United States as well as Europe. They are organized into five areas: 1) understanding WIA, 2) program implementation, 3) performance management, 4) impact evaluations, and 5) future evaluation choices. In addition, they detail how WIA performance management systems function and present various evaluation techniques for assessing workforce programs.

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