Establishment-Level Determinants of Job Quality and Wage Inequality

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Early Career Research Award


Over the past several decades, job polarization, technological change, and deunionization have contributed to deteriorating job quality for many workers. In this project, I will examine the extent to which organizational choices are associated with changing job quality at the establishment level. I will use restricted-access cross-sectional and panel data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey to measure variation in organizational choices, including within-establishment polarization, management structure, and wage inequality. Results from this project will further understanding of how these trends play out at the establishment level, and will inform labor-market policies to improve prospects for all workers.

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Careers within Firms: Occupational Mobility over the Life Cycle
Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 18-286, 2018

Forsythe, Eliza. 2019. "Careers within Firms: Occupational Mobility Over the Lifecycle." Labour 33(3): 241-277. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/labr.12146

The Occupational Structures of Low- and High-Wage Service Sector Establishments
Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 18-292, 2018

Forsythe, Eliza C. 2019. "The Occupational Structures of Low- and High-Wage Service Sector Establishments." Economic Development Quarterly 33(2): 76-91. https://doi.org/10.1177/0891242419838328