Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Contingent "New Economy" Jobs? (Precis).(Employment Relationships in the New Economy)

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Contingent "New Economy" Jobs? (Precis).(Employment Relationships in the New Economy)

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Are "new economy" jobs more likely to involve contingent or alternative employment relationships? Before that question can be answered, "new economy" jobs need to be identified. David Neumark and Deborah Reed, in "Employment Relationships in the New Economy" (NBER Working Paper 8910), show that this is no easy task.

Neumark, of Michigan State University and NBER, and Reed, of the Public Policy Institute of California, operationalized the concept of "new economy" workers in three ways for their analysis. One way is to look at workers in high-tech industries; for this, they used a classification from an article by Daniel Hecker that appeared in this Review a few years back (see "High-technology employment: a broader view," June 1999). A second way is to define "new economy" workers as those who reside in high-tech cities--the authors based this classification on a recent Brookings Institution study. The third approach used by Neumark and Reed is to look at workers in the fastest-growing industries.

After defining "new economy" jobs in these three different ways, Neumark and Reed compared the nature of such jobs to other jobs using the Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangement Supplements of the Current Population Survey. …

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