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Nonstandard Work
The Nature and Challenges of Emerging Employment Arrangements
Françoise Carré (Editor); Marianne A. Ferber (Editor); Lonnie Golden (Editor); Stephen A. Herzenberg (Editor)


Paper, 2000 ISBN: 978-0-913447-80-2
$ 38.95   £29.95

In recent years, much attention has focused on the growth of nonstandard and contingent employment (including part-time work) which involves up to 30 percent of the total U.S. labor force. There is little agreement on either the causes or the effects of this trend. Some researchers emphasize the advantages: employees may explore the job market and obtain work that does not necessarily involve rigid schedules, while employers enjoy greater flexibility and lower costs. Others point to the disadvantages for employees, such as lack of job security, fewer benefits and chances for promotion, and often lower wages. Drawbacks for employers include a workforce that has little chance to develop firm-specific knowledge or loyalty. Chapters in Nonstandard Work: The Nature and Challenges of Emerging Employment Arrangements carefully analyze the extent and nature of various nonstandard work arrangements; their advantages and disadvantages for employees and employers; the demographic, industrial, and occupational distribution of such positions; and the question of whether standard employment itself is changing. Some contributors consider how innovative labor market intermediaries and unions might expand opportunities for workers while also helping firms to raise their productivity. Annette Bernhardt; University of Wisconsin - Madison Dave E. Marcotte; University of Maryland Baltimore County Anne E. Polivka, Sharon R. Cohany, and Steven Hipple; Bureau of Labor Statistics Philip Moss, Harold Salzman, and Chris Tilly; University of Massachusetts at Lowell Marcello Estevao; International Monetary Fund Saul Lach; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and National Bureau of Economic Research Arne L. Kalleberg and Jeremy Reynolds; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dale Belman; Michigan State University Lonnie Golden; Penn State University, Delaware County Marianne A. Ferber; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Jane Waldfogel; Columbia University School of Social Work Shulamit Kahn; Boston University School of Management Charles Heckscher; Rutgers University Dorothy Sue Cobble; Rutgers University Leah F. Vosko; McMaster University Françoise Carré; Radcliffe Public Policy Center, Harvard University Pamela Joshi; Brandeis University Laura Dresser; University of Wisconsin - Madison Chris Benner; University of California, Berkeley, and Working Partnerships USA Amy Dean; Working Partnerships USA and South Bay AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Virginia L. DuRivage; United Food and Commercial Workers Union Sara Horowitz; Working Today Stephen A. Herzenberg; The Keystone Research Center John A. Alic; Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Howard Wial; General Accounting Office, United States Congress

About the Author
Françoise Carré is Research Program Director at the Radcliffe Public Policy Center. Marianne A. Ferber is Professor Emerita of Economics and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Lonnie Golden is Associate Professor of Economics at Penn State University, Delaware County. Stephen A. Herzenberg is Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center.

Subject Area
Sociology of Work