Brief Job Quality and Economic Mobility: Potential Mechanisms, an Empirical Approach, and Directions for Research
William J. Congdon, Batia Katz, Jessica Shakesprere
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A growing body of research identifies the importance of different aspects of job quality for a range of worker well-being outcomes. Whether jobs offer decent wages, provide adequate hours on predictable schedules, deliver retirement and health benefits, foster safe and respectful working conditions, and so on, matters for the financial and economic well-being, physical and mental health, and general happiness and satisfaction of workers. These aspects of job quality also potentially affect worker economic mobility such as by providing wages, benefits, or conditions that allow workers to become more productive, or opportunities to build human capital. In this brief, we build on this body of evidence to describe key mechanisms that may link job quality and economic mobility, conduct an illustrative empirical analysis to explore relationships between elements of job quality and economic mobility, and discuss directions for future research that might more precisely identify these relationships.

Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being
Tags Employment and income data Wages and nonwage compensation Wealth inequality Mobility Work supports Work-family balance Beyond high school: education and training Job quality and workplace standards
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population Income and Benefits Policy Center
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