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Staircases or treadmills? : labor market intermediaries and economic opportunity in a changing economy / Chris Benner, Laura Leete, Manuel Pastor.

Benner, Chris. (Author). Leete, Laura. (Added Author). Pastor, Manuel, 1956- (Added Author).

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  • OCLC: ocn647668174
  • ISBN: 9781610440431 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 1610440439 (electronic bk.)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 290 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation, ©2007.

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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-280) and index.
Contents: Mobility and economic opportunity : the role of intermediaries -- The old and new economies : a comparison of Milwaukee and Silicon Valley -- Meeting, molding, and making markets : how intermediaries shape labor flows -- The incidence and use of labor market intermediaries -- The impact of intermediaries on job outcomes -- The role of social capital in choosing labor market intermediaries -- Conclusions and implications for future research and policy.
Summary: "Staircases or Treadmills? is the first comprehensive study documenting the prevalence of all types of labor market intermediaries and investigating how these intermediaries affect workers' employment opportunities. Benner, Leete, and Pastor draw on years of research in two distinct regional labor markets "old economy" Milwaukee and "new economy" Silicon Valley - including a first-of-its-kind random survey of the prevalence and impacts of intermediaries, and a wide range of interviews with intermediary agencies' staff and clients." "A generation ago, rising living standards were broadly distributed and coupled with relatively secure employment. Today, many Americans fear that heightened job insecurity is overshadowing the benefits of dynamic economic growth. Staircases or Treadmills? is a guide to how private and public job-matching institutions can empower disadvantaged workers to share in economic progress."--Jacket.
Note: English.
Subject: Employment agencies.
Labor market > United States.
Labor supply > United States.


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