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The promise of upward mobility the tion that everyone has the chance to get ahead is one of this country's most cherished ideals, a hallmark of the American Dream. But in today's volatile labor market, the tradition of upward mobility for all may be a thing of the past. In a competitive world of deregulated markets and demanding shareholders, many firms that once offered the opportunity for advancement to workers have remade themselves as leaner enterprises with more flexible work forces.Divergent Pathsexamines the prospects for upward mobility of workers in this changed ecomic landscape. Based on an invative comparison of the fortunes of two generations of young, white men over the course of their careers, Divergent Pathsdocuments the divide between the upwardly mobile and the growing numbers of workers caught in the low-wage trap. The first generation entered the labor market in the late 1960s, a time of prosperity and stability in the U.S. labor market, while the second generation started work in the early 1980s, just as the new labor market was being born amid recession, deregulation, and the weakening of organized labor. Tracking both sets of workers over time, the authors show that the new labor market is more volatile and less forgiving than the labor market of the 1960s and 1970s. Jobs are less stable, and the penalties for failing to find a steady employer are more severe for most workers. At the top of the job pyramid, the new mads highly credentialed, well-connected workers regard each short-term project as a springboard to a better-paying position, while at the bottom, a growing number of retail workers, data entry clerks, and telemarketers, are consigned to a succession of low-paying, dead-end jobs. While many commentators dismiss public anxieties about job insecurity as overblown, Divergent Paths carefully documents hidden trends in today's job market which confirm many of the public's fears. Despite the celebrated job market of recent years, the authors show that the old labor market of the 1960s and 1970s propelled more workers up the earnings ladder than does today's labor market. Divergent Paths concludes with a discussion of policy strategies, such as regional partnerships linking corporate, union, government, and community resources, which may help repair the career paths that once made upward mobility a realistic ambition for all American workers.

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Author(s)Annette Bernhardt, Marc A. Scott, Mark S. Handcock, Martina Morris
PublisherRussell Sage Foundation
Date of Publication01/06/2001
SubjectEconomics: Professional & General

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Place of PublicationNew York
Country of PublicationUnited States
ImprintRussell Sage Foundation
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Weight540 g
Width160 mm
Height237 mm
Spine29 mm

Author BiographyANNETTEBERNHARDTis Senior Research Associate at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Title: Divergent Paths: Economic Mobility in the New American Labor Market
Author: Bernhardt, Annette D. (Editor)/ Morris, Martina/ Handcock, Mark Stephen/ Scott, Marc A.

Publisher:Russell Sage Foundation
Publication Date:Jun-01-2001
Dimensions (inches):6.25 (W) x 9.25 (H) x 1.00 (D)
Subject:Political Science / Labor & Industrial Relations

Description: Bernhardt (Center on Wisconsin Strategy, U. of Wisconsin, Madison), Morris and Handcock (sociology and statistics, U. of Washington), and Scott (educational statistics, New York U.) combined efforts in a five-year project examining new trends in career opportunities in the contemporary American labor market. Focusing on young white males, their study compares the experiences of a sample group of workers entering the job market in the 1960s to a sample of workers entering the market in the late-1970s. The study's results show increasing inequality between the upwardly mobile and the growing number of workers in low-wage careers. Areas of focus in the study include rising job instability; changes in the effects of job instability on workers' wages and careers; changes in long-term wage growth; the role of job stability in achieving long-term wage growth, and the extent to which education mediates this process; and the growth of the "low-wage trap." They conclude with a discussion of the causes of the increase in inequality, and policies which could reverse the trend. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR () -- Book News

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